Brazil: Sou da Paz launches plan for arms control

Sou da Paz has launched a new plan for arms control for the city of Sao Paolo, Brazil. The plan was developed in cooperation with police and security personnel, the Ministry of Justice, local government and civil society organisations. Sao Paulo has seen a decrease in gun homicides from 52.58 per 100,000 inhabitants in 1999 to 11.25 in 2009. This result has been attributed to a successful arms control programme implemented by the police and Civil Guard which collected more than 75,000 weapons between 2002 and 2009. The new plan emphasises the need for continued action to improve the management of arms control, including greater security for weapons stockpiles. More