Brazil Increases Punishment for Possession of High-Power Firearms

Government hopes to reduce the number of high-powered weapons in the hands of drug traffickers and gang members.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – President of Brazil, Michel Temer, sanctioned on Thursday (October 26th) a new law that turns the carrying of firearms, that are restricted to the Armed Forces, illegal and a 'heinous crime'.

With the new law, the government hopes to reduce the number of high-powered weapons in the hands of drug traffickers and gang members, who often are slapped with a fine or a few days in jail when caught with the illegal firearms.

With the new law, the government hopes to reduce the number of high-powered weapons in . . .

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