Brazil restricts gun ownership

Brazil’s leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday signed a decree to limit civilian access to firearms, seeking to undo a boom of gun ownership under his far-right predecessor Jair Bolsonaro.

Under Bolsonaro, private gun ownership nearly tripled as he loosened controls in a nod to his “Bibles, bullets and beef” support base.

“We will continue to fight for fewer weapons in our country. Only the police and the army must be well-armed,” Lula said in Brasilia as he unveiled a series of violence-curbing measures.

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