Report: Number of Brazil gun deaths remains stable

AP News
Posted: Mar 06, 2013 7:02 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A report says the number of deaths by firearms in Brazil has remained stable over the past decade, which represents a partial victory after yearly increases were seen during the 1990s.

The report examining shooting deaths was released Wednesday. It was prepared by researcher Julio Jacobo Waiselfisz, with the Brazilian Center for Latin American Studies and the Latin American College of Social Sciences.

From 1990 through 2003, gun deaths in Brazil rose an average of 7.3 percent every year, peaking in 2003 at 39,300. The number of annual deaths has remained at around 39,000 in the years since because of disarmament campaigns launched in 2004.

The report says that although current policies have helped stop increases in gun deaths, they have not been aggressive enough to reduce the numbers.