12 billion bullets a year

About 12 billion bullets are made each year, “enough to kill nearly every man, woman and child on the planet twice,” Oxfam said in a  report released Wednesday, May 30, ahead of new talks on arms trade treaty in New York. The aid group said the world trade in ammunition now tops US$4-B a year, growing at a faster rate than the global trade in firearms. Oxfam lamented that only a minority of countries report on ammunition exports, noting that the biggest information gaps were found in war-torn countries. The aid group is calling for greater regulation of the trade. 

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