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Brazil's Bolsonaro signs decree easing gun restrictions

Brazil's Bolsonaro signs decree easing gun restrictions
A man fires a handgun at the 1911 Shooting Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 11, 2019. Picture taken January 11, 2019. REUTERS/Nacho Doce   -   Copyright  NACHO DOCE(Reuters)
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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)

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