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Dreyfus, Pablo, Marcelo de Sousa Nascimento and Luis Eduardo Guedes. 2008 ‘Small Arms-Related Violence in Brazil: Victims and Weapons.’ Small Arms in Rio de Janeiro: The Guns, the Buyback, and the Victims; Special Report No. 9, p. 28. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 December

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Small Arms-Related Violence in Brazil: Victims and Weapons

In Brazil the small arms industry is made up of a handful of companies and is dominated by just two: Forjas Taurus S.A. and Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC). These companies hold near national monopolies in handguns and small arms ammunition manufacturing, respectively.

The other major player in the small arms market is IMBEL, a public company administered by the Ministry of Defence, with ties to the army, which mainly produces military arms and ammunition. Together, these three companies have helped Brazil to consolidate its position as a medium-sized small arms producer and exporter, the second-largest in the western hemisphere after the United States (Dreyfus, Lessing, and Purcena, 2005).

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Dreyfus, Pablo, Benjamin Lessing, and Julio Purcena. 2005. 'A indústria Brasileira de armas leves e de pequeno porte: produção legal e comércio.' In Rubem Fernandes, ed. Brasil: as armas e as vítimas. Rio de Janeiro: 7 Letras/Viva Rio/ISER, pp. 64–125.

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