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Latest Brazilian firearms and ammunition referendum Stories

2005-07-20 07:43:17

By Andrei Khalip RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - 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...


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