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WOMAN GIVES HUNDREDS OF GUNS TO GOVERNMENT

A woman has turned in nearly 1,300 guns to federal police, responding to a government campaign for citizens to surrender privately held weapons.

The woman had kept the guns at home since her father, an arms collector, died eight years ago, federal policeman Wagner Castilho said Saturday.

Police did not identify the woman, who is expected to receive up to $65,000 for her arsenal turned in Friday. The government is paying Brazilians to surrender their weapons in an effort to reduce the country's murder rate, one of the world's highest.

The government hopes to take 80,000 guns from the streets by Dec. 23, when a tough new gun law takes effect.

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