People Are Ready to Buy Some Guns in the World’s Murder CapitalBy David Biller, Updated on
Brazil has the highest number of homicides of any nation
Opposition to strict gun laws rises as violence increases
In the world’s most murderous country, gun control is starting to lose its appeal.
One of the candidates leading the field for October’s 2018 presidential election — hardline conservative Jair Bolsonaro — has promised to allow law-abiding citizens to arm themselves, a popular pledge in the nation with by far the most homicides of the entire world. Even before then, Congress may debate legislation to overturn the “disarmament statute,” a law that severely restricts civilian ownership of guns, and virtually bans their carry. The proposal would allow Brazilians with clean criminal records who pass psychological and firearm exams to buy up to six weapons and to carry them.
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