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.
About Dean Weingarten:
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.