Should Brazil liberalize gun ownership and carrying? Experts criticize Bolsonaro decrees

The number of registered firearms in Brazil has increased by 65% in the last two years, which means that there are at least 1.1 million legal weapons in the hands of citizens.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The broadening of gun ownership and carrying regulations was one of President Jair Bolsonaro's main campaign promises, and since his inauguration in January 2019 his government has issued over 30 decrees and ordinances on the topic. The most recent were published last month, on the eve of Carnaval, with a number of changes that facilitate access to firearms in Brazil.

The decrees led to a debate involving the Legislature, the STF (Federal Supreme Court) and society in general. Furthermore, the number of registered firearms in Brazil has increased by 65% in the last two years . . .

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