The Supreme Court suspends Bolsonaro decrees that make the purchase of weapons more flexible

Refused to confinement, Bolsonaro excuses his position that this measure causes "depression and suicide." Photo EFE

A judge of the Supreme Court of Brazil suspended on Monday a series of decrees issued by President Jair Bolsonaro that allowed the flexibility of the purchase and use of weapons in the country, scheduled to take effect on Tuesday.

Judge Rosa Weber, one of the eleven members of the country's highest court, annulled some fragments of four decrees edited by the leader of the Brazilian ultra-right last February to expand access to weapons in Brazil.

Among other aspects, Weber's decision suspends one of the decrees that allowed the maximum number of firearms for personal defense to be increased from four to six, as long as it obtains the necessary requirements to obtain the Firearms Registration Certificate.

It also temporarily canceled the rule that notably extended the limit for the acquisition of weapons and ammunition by hunters, shooters and collectors, among other points.

The precautionary measure adopted by Rosa Weber took place hours before the decrees came into force and must now be analyzed by the plenary session of the Supreme Court.

The flexibility of the bearing and the pose of weapons is one of Bolsonaro's campaign promises, a nostalgic for the right-wing military dictatorships that reigned in Latin America during the last century and whose weapons model is the United States.

Since he assumed power in January 2019, Bolsonaro, an Army Reserve Captain, has promoted various measures to promote the "self-defense" of society.

Despite the fact that many of these initiatives have been downgraded or even overthrown by the Legislative and Judicial Powers, the registration of firearms in the country has tripled between 2018 and 2020.

Only in 2020, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, sales grew by 90%, as announced by Bolsonaro himself./EFE



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