Proposal to Ban Guns in Brazil Fails to Win a Single State

    Weapons sales will not be banned in Brazil. On the basis of the returns tallied so far (Monday morning), representing 99.96% of the ballot boxes, 63.94% of the voters said "no" to the ban, while 36.06% said "yes."

    The 21.84% abstention rate in yesterday’s (October 23) referendum was higher than in the last two elections. Approximately 20 million Brazilians either failed to show up or presented justifications for their absence at one of the more than 320 thousand polling booths in the country. Up to this moment, the percentage of blank votes is 1.39%, and invalid votes, 1.68%.

    The proposal to ban arms and ammunition sales in the country, supported by the parliamentary For a Brazil Without Weapons front, failed to win a single state. The region with the highest percentage of votes against the prohibition was the South (79.59%), followed by the North (71.06%), the Center-West (68.60%), Southeast (60.31%), and the Northeast (57.51%).

    Rio Grande do Sul was the state with the highest proportion of "no" votes: 86.83%. Pernambuco, on the other hand, returned the highest percentage of votes favorable to the ban: 45.51%. In the nation’s capital, 56.83% of the population voted against the prohibition and 43.17%, in favor.

    The final outcome of the referendum should be announced today by the Federal Elections Board (TSE, Tribunal Superior Eleitoral). Votes are still being tallied in the states of Acre, in which the returns for 99.80% of the ballot boxes have been counted, Mato Grosso, with 99.90% of the counting done, and Pará, with 98.79%.

    Agência Brasil

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    • Guest

      did you know that…..
      …Brazil has the highest crime rate….after Venezuela !
      …gun deaths double in a decade or so…in Brazil !
      …50 % of youths deaths aged between 15 and 24 years….are from violent crimes !
      ….your own police is killing thousands of innocents….yearly !!!!!
      ….your prison population doubled in the last 8 years !!!
      …. your violent deaths rate is double the USA rate….despite guns are also legal there !!!!!
      ….as per one of your government agencies…in an article tha appeared 2 or 3 months ago…in this same site said :

      in Brazil there has been more gun deaths in the last decade…..than in all international wars….during the same decade !!!!!!

      This is a true tragedy….. !!!!!!

      As one forum member said…a criminal will always be able to buy or steal guns…..wether legalized or not !!!!

      SHAME to your politicians and various governments you had for the last decade !!!!!

    • Guest

      More Guns, Less Crime
      Only one in eleven Brazilians owns a firearm. Amonst the criminal element, I’m sure it is more like 10 of 11.

      Were the government honest it would admit it is too corrupt, cowardly and politically correct to deal with the criminals. It would issue an inexpensive 38 special Taurus revolver to every honest citizen.

      Within a month, most criminals would be dead or hiding under their mothers’ beds.

    • Guest

      Dennis Snodgrass
      Although it is not written into their constitution, the voting Brasilian has demnostrated that he is willing to deal with the violence of society, but cannot afford to surrender his true means of defense against an oppressive government. With my wife being from Sao Paulo and so many of her family and friends still living there, I was following this referendum closely. The second amendment of the constitution of the United States of America was not written so that Americans would retain the ability to hunt game or for sport; it was included as an amendment so that the people of the United States could defend themselves and overthrow an oppressive and tyrannical government like the one from which they had just fled.
      “To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.” (Richard Henry Lee, Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress, initiator of the Declaration of Independence, and member of the first Senate, which passed the Bill of Rights.)

      “The great object is that every man be armed . . . Everyone who is able may have a gun.” (Patrick Henry, in the Virginia Convention on the ratification of the Constitution.)

      “The advantage of being armed . . . the Americans possess over the people of all other nations . . . Notwithstanding the military establishments in the several Kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” (James Madison, author of the Bill of Rights, in his Federalist Paper No. 46.)

      “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” (Second Amendment to the Constitution.)

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