A woman handles a pistol at a gun shop in Sao Caetano do Sul, Sao Paulo, Brazil on October 30, 2015. Brazil AFP PHOTO / Miguel SCHINCARIOL
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Brazil, which has one of the highest murder tolls on the planet, could soon end most restrictions on gun ownership, risking what one critic called a "Wild West" scenario.Under the law, anyone over 21, including people accused of crimes or convicted of less than serious crimes, would be allowed to purchase up to nine firearms a year and 50 rounds of ammunition a month.A study of 14,000 weapons confiscated between 2013 and 2014 showed that 86 percent had been made in Brazil, he said.About 500,000 weapons have been sold since the current law came into effect and 170,000 gun permits issued, according to official statistics cited by Marques.In the first two years under the current restrictions the number of firearms murders fell 5.6 percent and 2 percent, but since then the number began to rise.
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