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By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The parliament of Rio de Janeiro, ALERJ, has approved a law punishing the openly carrying of so-called armas brancas (white weapons), including knives, pocket knives and daggers in the entire state. Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão now has fifteen days to sanction or veto the law.

According to the law, the police can apprehend anyone who openly carries a cutting object that can be used as a weapon and has a longer blade than 10cm. The person can receive a fine of between R$2,400 and R$24 . . .

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