Brazil: Religious leaders join campaign for civilian disarmament

In Brazil, IANSA member Instituto Sou da Paz teamed up with religious leaders in São Paulo for a campaign to promote civilian disarmament from 22–30 October. For 9 days, participants from Buddhist, Catholic, Jewish, Hare Krishna, Evangelical and Candomblé communities worked to raise awareness about the dangers of having a gun in the home, and encouraged voluntary gun surrender. 19 Catholic parishes received 271 guns and over 2,000 rounds of ammunition at temporary gun collection points. The organisers said, “While this action has come to an end, the national gun buy-back campaign and the São Paulo City Plan to Control Firearms are on-going. Firearms can be surrendered for financial compensation in any of the 173 permanent collection points around the city, or 400 collection points across the state”.