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Crime-hit Brazil split over possible gun sales ban

Rio de Janeiro taxi driver Luiz Marcelo is normally mild mannered, but he loses his temper when Brazil’s upcoming referendum on whether gun sales should be banned comes up in a conversation.”All you see around us in the streets is crime, and the best they can think of is to disarm honest citizens like me and you,” the 50-year-old almost shouts. “I have a gun at home and another one in this car and I’m not giving them up.” Many Brazilians share this view, saying the state does not give its people adequate protection from violent crime and they need guns for self defense. But others are afraid of having guns at home and don’t like the idea of armed citizens walking the streets.Full Story

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