Bolsonaro Signs Decree Easing Gun Restrictions in Brazil

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro loves guns.  Photo:

HAVANA TIMES – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree relaxing the country’s strict gun controls in an attempt to stem mounting crime, reported dpa news.

“The people have decided to buy arms and munitions and we cannot deny [that],” the daily O Globo quoted the president as saying.

The far-right president had pledged to arm the population in order to restore law and order during his election campaign last year.

The decree will extend the validity of weapons registration from three to five years, according to the daily Folha de Sao Paulo.

People living in high-crime areas and owners of commercial establishments will be able to access weapons more easily, and gun ownership no longer needs to be authorized by federal police.

More than 63,000 people suffered a violent death in Brazil in 2017, up 2.9 per cent from the previous year, according to the non-governmental organization Public Security Forum.

About 60 per cent of Brazilians nevertheless oppose easing gun controls, a poll by the company Datafolha showed in December. There is concern that the measure will foment rather than reduce crime.

The United States’ model of easy gun purchasing appears to be the path chosen by Bolsonaro.

Known by many as the “Brazilian Trump”, Bolsonaro made gun rights one of the main planks in his campaign platform, liberally salting his speeches with NRA (National Rifle Association) talking points: “Guns are our guarantee of freedom,” he said during the campaign. “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” his son Carlos posted on Facebook.

2 thoughts on “Bolsonaro Signs Decree Easing Gun Restrictions in Brazil

  • Bolsonaro’s “love” for guns will bring MORE sorrow,tears,violence and many more deaths to the already violent Brazilian society , and mainly to the poor slums residents . Nevertheless , it is crucial to give a look to the weapons/gun suppliers , which countries do exactly benefit with the new Bolsonaro’s arms deals ? . Why it is important to know it ? It is important because Bolsonaro right wing politics and administration has counted , up to now , with two weapons producers whose interest seem to be enhanced under Bolsonaro’s government : The United States , and Israel . Both countries with long history in bringing instability , para-militarism , war , and wide spread corruption to where their interests get an open arms ( welcome and weapons also , in this case ) host .
    Latin America recent history has plenty of cases backing the above stated .

  • Good for them. We here in the USA need to forcefully remove all these domestic terrorist demoRats that are stripping our rights away.

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