• Diego Sanjurjo
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Chapter 8 ends the book and summarizes its main findings and conclusions. The chapter relates to the three research objectives presented in the introductory chapter. In accordance, it evaluates the role that guns play in the Latin American security crisis and how states try to regulate their use in the region. It also reviews the findings on the origins and trajectories of the Brazilian Disarmament Statute and the Uruguayan Responsible Firearm Ownership Law. At last, it assesses the capacity of the Multiple Streams Framework to explain both case studies and the insights that arose from their singular and comparative analyses. The chapter ends with concluding remarks about the nature of the gun debate and over what gun policies are really about in Latin America.


Multiple streams framework Latin America Gun policy Firearm policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diego Sanjurjo
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  1. 1.Institute of Political ScienceUniversity of the Republic (UdelaR)MontevideoUruguay

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