Incoming Populist President Bolsonaro to Expand Gun Ownership in World’s 4th Largest Democracy
Incoming populist Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro announced on Saturday he plans on allowing all Brazilians without criminal records to own firearms.
The “Trump of the Tropics” made an election promise to fight corruption and crime in the world’s fourth-largest Democracy.
The international left is going to absolutely HATE this guy!
Brazil’s far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday he plans to issue a decree allowing all Brazilians without criminal records to own firearms, welcome news to many core supporters who want him to loosen Brazil’s strict gun laws.
Throughout his campaign, Bolsonaro had pledged to dismantle Brazil’s current gun legislation, which presents various bureaucratic and legal obstacles for people seeking to purchase firearms. That message appealed to many Brazilians who want to use guns for self-defense amid sky-high levels of violent crime.
“By decree, we plan to guarantee the ownership of firearms by citizens without criminal records,” Bolsonaro, who takes office on Jan. 1, wrote on Twitter on Saturday.
He did not provide additional details and it was not immediately clear what mechanisms Bolsonaro would have at his disposal to carry out such a decree, or what specific measures the decree would contain. Brazil’s Congress is already discussing measures to loosen gun control laws.