108,000 Firearms Turned In by Brazilians

Brazil’s NGO, Viva Rio, celebrated its Disarmament Campaign Day yesterday with demonstrations throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro. The objective of the campaign is to make people aware of the danger a firearm represents.

The campaign slogan is: “Get rid of your gun before it gets rid of you!”


Rio de Janeiro has turned out to be the state with the second biggest number of weapons turned in as part of the government’s disarmament program, which “buys” guns from people to get them out of circulation.


So far the state has received around 20,000 firearms, which are destroyed immediately.


More Money


Supplementary funds of around US$ 7 million (20 million reais) were released through a “temporary measure” (medida provisória) to be used to “buy” firearms that people turn into authorities as part of the government’s Disarmament Program.


So far a total of 108,000 weapons have been turned in nationwide, outstripping expectations which were that 80,000 would be turned in by December. Thus, the need for additional funding.


When the program was launched on September 2, minister of Justice, Marcio Thomaz Bastos, declared that the government was ready to do whatever was necessary to disarm the country.


“We hope this will be a snowball and just keep growing. As long as there are guns in Brazil we will go after them,” said the Minister.


Disarmament Statute


The Disarmament Statute was sanctioned by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on December 22, 2003. The statute regulates the registration, possession, and sale of firearms in Brazil and establishes heavier penalties for crimes involving firearms.


In accordance with the Disarmament Statute, crimes such as the illegal bearing and possession of firearms, random discharge of firearms on a public thoroughfare, and arms trafficking and smuggling are subject to penalties ranging from 2-12 years and, in some cases, are ineligible for bail.


The goal is to reduce arms circulation in the country, as well as cutting off the sources that supply organized crime.


In October, 2005, there will be a general referendum for the population to decide whether it is in favor of prohibiting the sale of firearms. The definitive prohibition of arms production will also be considered.


Agência Brasil
Translator: Allen Bennett

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Goes to War on Piracy

The battle against piracy just got some reinforcements this week with the formal establishment ...

Brazil Keeps Key Interest at 8.75% and Cuts Swap Line with US

Brazil’s Copom (the Monetary Policy Committee at the Central Bank) for the sixth consecutive ...

New Forest Code Seems to Have Emboldened Killers in Brazil’s Amazon

In Brazil, a lawyer at the Catholic social action organization, Land Pastoral Commission – ...

PSB to Meet After Burial, But New Brazil Presidential Candidate Seems Already Chosen

Leaders of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) are expected to meet next Monday, August ...

Meet Brazil’s Amanda Ruzza, The Next Great Jazz Bassist in Town

On her debut release as a solo artist, São Paulo-born electric bassist Amanda Ruzza ...

Royal Road: A Walk Into Brazil’s Infancy

Glenn Cheney spent two months walking alone on the Estrada Real in Minas Gerais, ...

High Tech Plant in Brazil to Be Powered by Rice

The city of Alegrete, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, south of ...

Brazil Wants to Nearly Double Value of Its Shoe Exports by 2010

Brazil's Export and Investment Promotion Agency (ApexBrasil) and the Brazilian Association of Shoe Manufacturers ...

Lula Has Buried Brazil’s Last Hopes

If not maddened by it, whoever bothered to review the statements, interviews, debates, and ...