BRASÍLIA—In his first hours as Brazil’s new president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva issued sweeping changes to tighten the country’s firearms laws and reverse looser rules imposed by his predecessor, Jair Bolsonaro, that prompted a million new gun registrations since 2019.
A presidential decree, which took effect Monday, suspends new registrations of guns for hunting and sport as the leftist government works to rewrite the country’s 20-year-old gun laws. The decree forbids owners from transporting loaded weapons, suspends new applications for gun clubs and reduces the number of firearms permitted per individual from six to three.
“Brazil does not want more guns: we want peace and security for our people,” said Mr. da Silva, 77, shortly after being sworn in as head of Latin America’s biggest nation, two decades after he first took office in 2003.
And DaSilva is smart doing this. Part of his success was the support he promised to give to the common criminal element who does not want to be shot by civilians for their efforts. And, of course, having a seriously contested election and the dislike of a huge swath of the population, makes keeping them unarmed a priority.
I would not be surprised if confiscation is in the works. So far this looks like a duplicate of what Chavez did when he got elected and we all know what kind of Socialist happy ending that brought about.
Hat Tip Paul K.