Brazil’s far-right President-elect says that on taking office he will allow citizens without a criminal record to own guns.
Jair Bolsonaro, who takes office in January, made the statement on Twitter as part of his election campaign to loosen gun laws.
The ex-army captain’s message appealed to many Brazilians who want to use guns for self-defense amid sky-high levels of violent crime.
Currently possession of firearms is tightly restricted in Brazil. Civilians must pass through a long process, and the sale of weapons is limited to small calibers.
However gun violence is a problem in Brazil and in 2017, the country set a record for murders with more than 63,000 people killed.
63,000 murders in a population of about 210,000,000. Wow! It will be interesting to see what allowing people to effectively defend themselves does to the murder rate.
This is also interesting because it is counter to the perception of gun bans and heavy restrictions are the norm outside of the U.S. Don’t let the anti-gun people get away with that lie.
The Czech Republic has generally been relaxing their gun laws over the last 20 years. Both firearm licenses and concealed carry licenses are shall issue.
When anti-gun people talk of “civilized countries” being disarmed ask them if they are saying population of Brazil and the Czech Republic are barbarians or are they going to admit they are ignorant, misinformed, and/or lying.