Brazil territory bans sales of toy guns
BRASïLIA (AFP) - A Brazilian territory is believed to have become the first region in Latin America to ban the sale of toy guns as the country attempts to staunch an epidemic of firearm-related crime.
The Federal District, which encompasses the country's capital Brasilia and various satellite towns, launched the initiative as Brazil moved to tackle its murder rate.
"To change the culture of violence we must begin from childhood. Our sons will start understanding what is often repeated, that guns are not toys," said Alirio Neto, the federal secretary's justice secretary.
With a population of more than 200 million, Brazil recorded 43,000 violent deaths last year, 73 per cent from firearms, he noted.