Bolsonaro’s gun sale increase decrees raise insecurity and issue may reach Supreme Court

A survey by O Globo newspaper shows that gun ownership in civilian hands alone has shot up by 65% in the country since December 2018, just before Bolsonaro took office on January 1st.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro used Friday, the eve of a near-carnival in Brazil, to sign four decrees that further ease the sale of weapons and reduce inspection by the relevant bodies. It is the thirtieth normative act published in the past two years by Bolsonaro, as part of a policy that has contributed to an increase in the number of guns in circulation in Brazil.

The president's twitter announcement prompted immediate reactions among human rights organizations and political leaders. "Bolsonaro's arms populism, in addition to compounding the problem [of violence], is a smokescreen for . . .

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