Brazilian senate proposes plebiscite on gun ban after Rio slaughter

13:24, April 13, 2011      

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Brazilian Senate President Jose Sarney Tuesday proposed a national plebiscite on banning guns after last week's slaughter at a Rio de Janeiro school that killed 12 students.

Sarney said all leaders of the political parties forming the Senate supported the plan, and they suggested the plebiscite take place on the first Sunday of October.

The proposal came after the shooting spree on April 7, during which a man entered the Tasso da Silveira school in the west of Rio and fired at a group of students.

The proposal must be approved by both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, or the lower house, before it goes to a plebiscite.

The Brazilian government said earlier the campaign to disarm the population would be strengthened this year, and encouraged those who possess weapons to surrender them to the authorities.

Source: Xinhua
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