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Thu Jan 11, 2018, 12:37 AM

U.S. biggest source of illegal foreign guns in Brazil - report

Source: Reuters

JANUARY 10, 2018 / 1:37 PM / UPDATED 9 HOURS AGO
U.S. biggest source of illegal foreign guns in Brazil - report
Lisandra Paraguassu, Ricardo Brito


BRASILIA (Reuters) - The United States is the largest source of guns entering Brazil that end up in the hands of armed bandits and drug traffickers, according to a Brazilian Federal Police report seen by Reuters.

Roughly 1,500 guns originated in the United States out of a study of more than 10,000 arms seized by police since 2014, mostly in Rio de Janeiro, the December 2017 report said, although the guns often travelled through a third country before arriving in Brazil.

Guns from the United States tended to be assault rifles and higher caliber handguns, while guns already circulating in Brazil or arriving from other countries skewed toward smaller handguns.

“The US continues to be the largest indirect source of illegal handguns and assault rifles as a result of unrestricted sales in stores and fairs in American cities,” the report said.

Read more: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-brazil-arms/u-s-biggest-source-of-illegal-foreign-guns-in-brazil-report-idUKKBN1EZ2M3?rpc=401&

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Judi Lynn Jan 2018 OP
burrowowl Jan 2018 #1
Midnight Writer Jan 2018 #2
SergeStorms Jan 2018 #3
EX500rider Jan 2018 #6
SergeStorms Jan 2018 #7
EX500rider Jan 2018 #8
SergeStorms Jan 2018 #9
EX500rider Jan 2018 #10
SergeStorms Jan 2018 #11
icymist Jan 2018 #4
logosoco Jan 2018 #5

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 01:42 AM

1. Why am not surprised?

and Mexico, etc.

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 02:29 AM

2. Really. I wonder who is biggest supplier of LEGAL guns? Ferchissakes, even ISIS use our guns.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 02:42 AM

3. The United States' largest export....

is death. Not only for wars, and "legal" arms sales to other countries, but the illegal smuggling of guns to Central and South America. Some will argue this point, but with a modicum of research it's quite clear. The gun manufacturers are so proud of their handiwork. Producing the instruments of death really pays off handsomely.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 03:43 PM

6. Actually it is petroleum products followed by cars.

America’s number 1 export is processed petroleum oils followed by cars, automotive parts and accessories, electronic integrated circuits then mobile phones.

http://www.worldstopexports.com/united-states-top-10-exports/

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:44 PM

7. Are the government's arms sales....

included in those numbers? Probably not.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #7)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 07:55 PM

8. Didn't even make top 10

Machinery including computers: US$190.5 billion (13.1% of total exports)
Electrical machinery, equipment: $167.2 billion (11.5%)
Aircraft, spacecraft: $134.6 billion (9.3%)
Vehicles : $124.3 billion (8.5%)
Mineral fuels including oil: $94.7 billion (6.5%)
Optical, technical, medical apparatus: $82.0 billion (5.6%)
Plastics, plastic articles: $58.4 billion (4.0%)
Gems, precious metals: $57.8 billion (4.0%)
Pharmaceuticals: $47.1 billion (3.2%)
Organic chemicals: $33.9 billion (2.3%)

The US hit $33.6 billion for foreign weapon sales in fiscal year 2016.

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 04:09 AM

9. As I said before.....

does this include government sales or is that weapons sale number only from the private sector? I'm guessing the latter since the federal government isn't really considered a business. Hey, who knows for sure, but $34 billion sounds a little on the light side considering all the surplus weapons the U.S owns. I'm sure private sector arms dealers could rack that much up with no problem.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 02:35 PM

10. The US govt does not sell new weapons systems.

They approve the sale by the companies that make them. The US can only sell used fighter planes, bombers, ships,etc that they already bought and own.

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Response to EX500rider (Reply #10)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 06:38 PM

11. Exactly...

but no one has yet to answer my question. Everyone keeps tap dancing around it, but as yet......no definitive answer.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 05:21 AM

4. Yup.

And now we have an administration which is arrogant and belligerent. What could go wrong?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 11, 2018, 08:52 AM

5. This is so sad and yet somehow not surprising.

And some folks think we need a wall at the Mexican border for OUR protection.

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