Gun control in Brazil

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In Brazil, all firearms are required to be registered with the minimum age for gun ownership being 25.[1] It is generally illegal to carry a gun outside a residence, and a special permit granting the right to do so is granted to certain groups, such as law enforcement officers.[2] To legally own a gun, an owner must hold a gun license, which costs R$1000,[2] and pay a fee every three years to register the gun, currently at R$85.[3] Registration can be done online or in person with the Federal Police.[4] Until 2008, unregistered guns could be legalized for free.[5]

It is estimated that there are around 17 million firearms in Brazil,[6] 9 million of which are unregistered.[1] Some 39,000 people died in 2003 from gun-related injuries nationwide.[6] In 2004, the number was 36,000.[1] Brazil has the second largest arms industry in the Western Hemisphere.[7] Approximately 80% of the weapons manufactured in Brazil are exported, mostly to neighboring countries; many of these weapons are then smuggled back into Brazil.[7] Some firearms in Brazil come from police and military arsenals, having either been "stolen or sold by corrupt soldiers and officers."[7]

In 2005, a majority of Brazil's population voted against banning the sale of guns and ammunition to civilians in a referendum.[1] Executive Order No. 5.123, of 1 July 2004[8] allowed the Federal Police to confiscate firearms which are not possessed for a valid reason; self-defense was not considered a valid argument.[9]

These measures saw mixed results. Initially, the crime rate dropped,[10] but subsequently rose in later years. 2012 marked the highest rate of gun deaths in 35 years for Brazil, eight years after a ban on carrying handguns in public went into effect,[11] and 2016 saw the worst ever death toll from homicide in Brazil, with 61,619 dead.[12] The death toll rose again in 2017 to 63,880, a 3.7% rise from 2016.[13]

Current President Jair Bolsonaro is strongly in favor of repealing the disarmament law and allowing citizens to own and carry guns for defense.[14] On 15 January 2019, Bolsonaro signed a decree to temporarily make it easier to purchase guns.[15] The decree increases the valid gun ownership period from five to ten years and allows citizens to own up to four firearms. In order to own firearms, a citizen will have to provide proof of the "existence of a safe or a secure location for storage" of the weapon at home. Requirements for possession such as passing training courses and background checks remain, as does the minimum age requirement of 25 years. The decree does not affect restrictions for gun carry, only for possession.[16] On 7 May 2019, Bolsonaro signed an additional decree which allows for rural gun owners to use their guns on their own property; allowing additional arms imports into Brazil; allowing collectors, sports shooters, and hunters to travel from their homes to shootings ranges with their firearms and ammunition; entitling veterans with ten or more years experience to bear firearms; and increasing the right to purchase cartridges a year from 50 to 5000 and to 1000 for restricted weapons.[17][18]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Brazilians reject gun sales ban". BBC News. 24 October 2005. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  2. ^ a b "LEI No 10.826, DE 22 DE DEZEMBRO DE 2003". 22 December 2003. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Taurus Armas".
  4. ^ "Registro de armas de fogo pode ser feito via Web".
  5. ^ Termina prazo para legalizar armas sem taxas
  6. ^ a b Hearn, Kelly (5 October 2005). "The NRA Takes on Gun Control – in Brazil". Alternet. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  7. ^ a b c Rohter, Larry (20 October 2005). "Gun-Happy Brazil Hotly Debates a Nationwide Ban". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2008.
  8. ^ "D5123". Planalto – Presidência da República do Brasil.
  9. ^ "A ilegalidade na negativa à compra de arma de fogo". jus.com.br.
  10. ^ "Not as violent as you thought". The Economist. 21 August 2008. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Brazil gun killings rise to highest level in 35 years". BBC News. 14 May 2015.
  12. ^ "Brazil Had Record of 168 Murders per Day in 2016". Latin American Herald Tribune.
  13. ^ "Brazil breaks own record for number of murders in single year". Azvision. 10 August 2018.
  14. ^ Bolsonaro revela a O Antagonista seus planos para a Presidência. O Antagonista. YouTube.
  15. ^ "Brazil's Bolsonaro signs decree easing gun laws". France 24. 15 January 2019. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  16. ^ "Bolsonaro assina decreto que facilita posse de armas" [Bolsonaro signs decree that facilitates possession of weapons]. G1 (in Portuguese). 15 January 2019.
  17. ^ Mann, Richard (8 May 2019). "Bolsonaro Signs Decree Changing the Rules Regarding the Use of Arms and Ammunition". The Rio Times. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  18. ^ CNN, Tara John. "Brazil's Bolsonaro signs executive order easing gun rules". CNN. Retrieved 2 June 2019.

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