RIO DE JANEIRO – Police in Brazil’s second-largest city destroyed on Wednesday some 20,000 firearms seized over the past five years.
The weapons, including several bazookas, were first crushed by a steamroller and then incinerated at a police facility with help from military personnel.
Some of the guns were voluntarily handed over to authorities by citizens.
“I am pleased to ratify the importance of this event for all of Rio de Janeiro society. We are destroying criminals’ weapons, averting additional murders in our city,” the head of the police weapons and explosives control unit, Rafael Willis, told journalists.
“It is utopian, but we have to pursue the objective of completely disarming the criminals,” he said. “It is a daily task that will never end.”