Beretta Pistol Stolen in Rio at Largest Security Expo in Latam

The expo comes to Rio at a time when both the federal and state governments are talking about improving security and easing firearms restrictions for Brazilians.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The largest defense and security trade fair in Latin America (LAAD), currently underway in Rio de Janeiro’s RioCentro Convention Center made headlines on Wednesday, but not because of the event itself: a 9mm pistol was stolen on Tuesday morning from the Beretta Defense Technologies stand, just before the fair’s official opening.

"The military authorities responsible for licensing firearms at LAAD have been informed and immediately attended the scene of the incident," LAAD said in a statement.

According to LAAD Defense & Security Expo organizers, the thief was able . . .

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