Number of Guns in Brazil

in Transnational Crime

Security officials in Brazil report that there are 15 million weapons and firearms in circulation within the country. Roughly half,  or 7.6 million guns, are illegally held.

In 2011, the murder rate in Brazil was 27.4 murders per 100,000 residents. The rate was 134 percent higher than the 11.7 per 100,000 in 1980.

1.2 million people were murdered in the country between 1980 and 2011. Nearly 39 percent  of those murdered was between the ages of 14 to 24.

(More arms trafficking statistics.)

Source:¬† Jeremy Armstrong and Ben Rossington, “The dark side of World Cup hosts Brazil: Drug cartels, murders and civil unrest,” Daily Mirror, October 17, 2013.

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