Brazil’s Bolsonaro attributes murders reduction to easing gun restrictions

Although the number of violent deaths in the last year fell by 6.5% compared to 2020, the figures still place Brazil among the ten most violent countries in the world.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On Thursday, July 7, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the reduction in violent deaths in Brazil in 2021, which reached its lowest level since 2011, is due to his policy of making the carrying and use of firearms more flexible.

"I make it clear that violence has decreased in Brazil, and one of the factors has been that (gun ownership). If the number of deaths by firearms had increased, I would . . .

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