BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree that will temporarily make it easier for Brazilians to buy guns, a first step in a campaign promise to overturn the country’s strict regulations that have essentially prohibited civilians from bearing arms.
The far-right Bolsonaro ran on a law-and-order platform. His message resonated with voters in Brazil, which in 2017 had a record 64,000 murders, more than any other country. The leader has said he wants to overturn a 2003 law that was tantamount to banning civilians from purchasing guns.
(Reporting by Brad Brooks; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)