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Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Suspends Import Tax Exemption for Handguns

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Federal Supreme Court (STF) Justice Edson Fachin yesterday granted a temporary restraining order to suspend a federal government agency Resolution that would zero the import tax on revolvers and pistols. The measure, announced by the Ministry of Economy on December 9th, would have come into force on January 1st, 2021.

Fachin's ruling, which he has referred to the full court for ratification, is yet another legal defeat for President Bolsonaro, who was elected pledging to relax and simplify the purchase and possession of guns. On the day the exemption was issued, the President published a . . .

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