The Guardian carried a story about a ban on toy guns in the federal district of Brazil. The law was intended to help reduce violent crime. The penalties for selling such replicas are steep: from $2000 to 44,000; closed for 30 days; or loss of trading license. The rising homicide rate in Brazil is part of what lies behind this initiative. Time will tell if it yields any positive results. But it is clearly a step in the right direction, though I suspect the NRA would not agree.
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