Importation of Firearms Under Bolsonaro is Highest in Brazilian History

Until last year, weapon imports were prohibited when there were similar products manufactured in Brazil. This restriction was overturned in a decree by President Jair Bolsonaro.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Revolver and pistol imports broke records in the first eight months of 2019. From January to August, purchases totaled US$15 (R$60) million, more than double that recorded over the same period last year.

The increase was also noted in the number of weapons entering the country - 37,300 revolvers and pistols, 25,600 of which in August alone. In the first eight months of last year, by comparison, 17,500 weapons from these categories were imported.

The results, obtained by Folha de S.Paulo from the Ministry of Economy's records, are much higher . . .

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