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Beset by gun violence, Brazil cracks down

To live in this city and other urban areas of Brazil is to hear the frequent rat-a-tat-tat of gunfire. As many as 20 million firearms are in circulation in this nation of 180 million people, who suffer from one of the highest rates of gun deaths in the world. Now, officials hope to stem that tide with an ambitious plan to disarm the populace. Under a new law hailed by supporters as the most sweeping gun-control measure in South America, only Brazilians with valid reasons — police and security guards, for example — are allowed to carry firearms in public. Ordinary citizens who own guns either must register their weapons, turn them in or face jail time. Full Story

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