President Bolsonaro of Brazil eases Restrictions on Ammunition sales, Gun Imports

President Bolsonaro of Brazil
President Bolsonaro of Brazil

U.S.A. -(Ammoland.com)- On 7 May, 2019, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued a decree further reforming Brazil's extremely strict laws on gun ownership and carry.

Keeping his campaign promises, President Bolsonaro signed an initial decree only two weeks into his presidency, in January of this year.

The decree signed on 7 May makes it a little easier for Brazilians, who wish to use their guns to defend themselves, to train and to do so.  From lfpress.com:

“Public security starts inside your home,” said Bolsonaro, a far-right former army captain who made getting tough on criminals in a country that is the world leader in total homicides a big part of his election campaign.

To own a gun in Brazil, citizens must pass a series of requirements, including a psychological screening and a safety course.

I have not found the text of the 7 May decree. But riotimesonline.com gave this summation:

According to Bolsonaro, the main measures of the decree include:

  • Permission for the rural gun-owner with legal possession of a firearm to use the weapon within the perimeter of their own property;
  • Breaking of the monopoly on arms imports in Brazil;
  • Permission for collectors, sport shooters and hunters (CSCs) to be able to travel between home and shooting site with the firearm and its ammunition;
  • Armed Forces Veterans with ten years or more of experience will be entitled to bear firearms;
  • The right to purchase up to 50 cartridges per year will go up to one thousand cartridges per year.

President Bolsonaro has been called the Trump of the Tropics, partly for his willingness to eschew political correctness and to speak bluntly and forcefully, and partly for his willingness to keep campaign promises.

Brazil has a major problem with homicides. As one of the more promising developing nations,  Brazil has a very high homicide rate, and a total number of homicides that comprise about half of all reported homicides in the world. The high homicide rate and high number of homicides have happened in spite of extreme restrictions that have been placed on gun ownership, the carry of guns, and the ability of the population to use guns for self-defense.

The new government of President Jair Bolsonaro promised an end to the extreme gun laws. They looked to the United States, and wished to try a radically different tactic. Instead of forbidding people from defending themselves, the new government offered a different vision.

People would be able to legally have guns and use them to defend themselves from criminals.

The theory is largely in line with Professor John Lott's thesis: More guns, Less crime.

It appears President Bolsonaro is committed to testing the thesis, though so far, few people will actually be able to carry guns on the street for self-defense. The framework has been laid for that effort.

To have a serious effect, a few percent of Brazil's population will need to be able to carry firearms for self-defense. That would be at least four million people with carry permits.

The current decree makes it a little easier for hunters and collectors to transport guns. It makes it much easier for them to purchase ammunition and train.  It will have little immediate effect on the ability of Brazilians to defend themselves outside of their home or property.

Veterans with 10 years of service will be able to obtain a carry permit. But Brazil's military has only about 235,000 active members. The numbers of veterans with 10 years of service is a small percentage of the total population.

Brazil's President, Jair Bolsonaro, has 15 years of active military service.


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Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 11 thoughts on “President Bolsonaro of Brazil eases Restrictions on Ammunition sales, Gun Imports

    1. “Brazil has a very high homicide rate, and a total number of homicides that comprise about half of all reported homicides in the world” – I have no idea where you got this idea, but it is so far off reality as to be beyond fake news.

      Brazil has a high, but by far not the highest, homicide rate in the world. Its total number of homicides is nowhere near half the world’s homicides. About 60,000 people die in Brazil from homicide each year – out of a half million worldwide. Its homicide rate, measured in deaths per hundred thousand people, is 12th in the world, and less than half that of El Salvador, and close to half that of Honduras and Venezuela, at less than 30 per hundred thousand people.

      For comparison, the figure for the US is about a sixth of that, and most of it comes from the Latin-American drug gang centers in big cities; eliminate them (novel concept: build a damned border wall and deport, jail – or execute) and the US is down around other western/European civilized countries in murder rate. Violence in the United States is a result of our border with a failed narco terror state run by drug and human trafficking cartels – not a reflection of an American endemic propensity towards violence. We have no border with “Mexico” – Mexico starts about 100 miles South of the no man’s land run by the cartels.

    2. Brazilians get around the no concealed carry law by becoming a part time police officer.
      If you work as a police officer one weekend a month, you are now allowed to carry off duty.
      So there are actually quite a few people who use this dodge.
      Go to active self protection on you tube and you will be amazed how many videos show Brazilian off duty police shooting back at armed criminals.

    3. Every time “Bath house Barry” opened his mouth, it was to tell another lie. Remember, he was the 1st Muslim, Homosexual, Illegal Alien (born in Kenya) President in American history. Morons elected him not once but twice. Without a doubt, the WORST PRESIDENT in the history of our great nation. People need to research the real reason behind “Fast and Furious”. And, it wasn’t to trace guns!

    4. In this sense, knowing what I know about civil liberties in Latin America I comment this slight movement toward liberty for Brazilians. But keep it in context. In this case, I will use a progressive definition of progress. Being hung with a new rope.

    5. Bolsonaro has kept his word on that issue, unlike another President who has VIOLATED his promises.

      It goes to show that a nation like Brazil has better politicians than the US does.
      Makes one really wonder.

      The First Amendment and Second Amendment face TOTAL DESTRUCTION if things continue as they are…

      Just look at the BORDER as well as Trump tripling the VISA Immigrants who then bring their families in and take jobs here. AND they are OPPOSED to our Second Amendment rights and probably our first Amendment rights also,.
      Will we be able to talk about gun rights or freedom of speech for much longer????
      I doubt the average American KNOWS what is going on with our rights,s seriously,

      It ended REAL Bad for the Russians:
      http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/28-12-2012/123335-americans_guns-0/
      Americans never give up your guns Thursday, December 27, 2012

      1. TRUMP is “bringing in immigrants”? Do you live on earth? Have you heard the lunatic Dem ‘rats and their refusal to fund the wall? Do you even have ears? Or eyes? Do the ‘rats squeal about “separating parents and children” when the children have no relationship to the “parents” who brought them across in their phony sanctuary scams? The kids who are involved in the triangle trade of going back and being used in the human smuggling trade as pawns? And the ‘rats who scream after every shooting that we need stricter laws instead of laws that let people shoot back and stop these mass shootings and violent crimes? You know – the ones in charge of the Legislature (that’s where the LAWS are made – in case you hadn’t heard)? Give us all a break.

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