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Brazilians Reject Ban on Gun Sales

Brazilians have soundly rejected a proposal to ban all gun sales in the country.

With over 90 percent of the vote counted, the electoral court says that 64 percent of those who went to the polls voted against the ban in Sunday's referendum, while 36 percent favored it.

Over 36 thousand people were shot and killed in Brazil last year. The United Nations ranks Brazil second in the world in gun deaths, behind only Venezuela.

Supporters of the ban on gun sales said that people voted against it because they have no confidence in the government and its ability to provide security.

In recent weeks opponents had waged a media campaign, arguing that average Brazilians need guns to protect themselves from drug gangs and thieves.

Final results are expected Monday.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AFP.