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Gun Policy News, 22 October 2005

Brazil

22 October 2005

Financial Times (UK)

As an exercise in participative democracy, it seems badly flawed. Brazilians will vote in a mandatory referendum tomorrow to decide the question, "Should the sale of firearms and ammunition be prohibited in Brazil?" There should be little doubt about the answer. Gunshot wounds kill more than 107 Brazilians every day, more than traffic accidents and fewer only than heart and brain disorders. Restrictions on the owning and bearing of firearms were introduced in December... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

22 October 2005

Times (UK)

One hundred people die from gunshot wounds in Brazil every day, making it one of the world's most dangerous countries. Yet tomorrow Brazilians look set to reject a proposal to ban the sale of firearms and ammunition. The world's first national referendum on gun control appears likely to result in a victory for the "no" campaign mounted by an alliance of Brazil's conservative parties and funded by gun manufacturers. Latest opinion polls suggest that opponents of a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

22 October 2005

Guardian (UK)

About 120 million Brazilians go to the polls tomorrow to vote in a referendum on the sale of guns in a country which has the second highest rate of gun deaths in the world. Nearly 39,000 people are killed with guns each year in Brazil — around 22 deaths per 100,000 people — according to UNESCO. A fierce battle over the referendum entered its final stages this week, as voters pondered the question: "Should the sale of arms and ammunition be prohibited in Brazil?"... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

22 October 2005

Al Jazeera

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has threatened to sue Brazil's pro-gun lobby for illegally using his image in their campaign against a proposed ban on firearms, an anti-violence group says. According to Viva Rio on Friday, Mandela's lawyer sent a letter to Brazil's pro-gun group Front for Legitimate Defence, asking it to stop using Mandela's image in its ads urging people to oppose the ban in a nationwide referendum on Sunday. About 122 million... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

22 October 2005

Independent (UK)

RIO DE JANEIRO — A hand-written sign hangs from the emergency room door, with the warning: "Restricted due to overcrowding (Risk of Death)". Inside it's a typically hot Friday night at Bonsucesso General Hospital (HGB) in Rio's sprawling north side, and the gunshot victims are rolling in. They are part of an annual tide of firearms casualties that tops 40,000. That is four times the number in the United States, despite the fact that Brazil's population is 100... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2005

New York Daily News

The GOP-led Congress yesterday gave the gun industry a free pass from lawsuits by crime victims — sparking a nasty broadside from fellow Republican Mayor Bloomberg. A new law, which President Bush has vowed to sign, bars victims or local governments from suing gunmakers over crimes committed with the weapons they sell. "Our laws should punish criminals who use guns to commit crimes, not law-abiding manufacturers of lawful products," Bush said in a statement. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 October 2005

Virginian-Pilot (Virginia)

A Chesapeake couple face prosecution after a year long undercover investigation by federal agents revealed a gun-running operation from Virginia to the streets of New York. David Paul Winfield, 24, and his wife, Trepholia Winfield, 25, face charges of firearms trafficking and conspiracy to traffic in firearms. They are expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. The charges were the result of an investigation by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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Brazil

22 October 2005

National Public Radio, Weekend Edition (USA), Audio

Interviews recorded with parties to the Brazilian gun ban referendum. Advocates of the right to bear arms clash with those who say guns lead to chaos and violence ahead of Saturday's vote. An estimated 36,000 people were shot dead last year in... (GunPolicy.org)

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