The Lula da Silva government set a 60-day deadline to register firearms in the hands of civilians in Brazil

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The decision, published in the Official Gazette and signed by the Minister of Justice, Flávio Dino, seeks to strengthen controls on the circulation of arms

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The Lula da Silva government set a 60-day deadline to register firearms in the hands of civilians in Brazil

Lula da Silva (REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

The government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva determined this Wednesday that all firearms that are in the hands of civilians in Brazil are registered in the system administered by the Federal Police within a maximum period of 60 days.

The decision, published in the Diario Official and signed by the Minister of Justice, Flávio Dino, seeks to strengthen controls on the circulation of firearms and obeys what was stipulated by Lula in a decree signed a month ago, when he took office as head of state.

The Government aims to concentrate in the Federal Police's National Weapons System (Sinarm) all records of weapons held by civilians, including those used by hunters, members of shooting clubs and collectors, which currently They are controlled by the Army.

Those who do not register their artifacts within the established period will have to answer for the crimes of carrying and illegally carrying firearms and the weapons may be seized.

The Lula da Silva government set a 60-day deadline to register firearms in the hands of civilians in Brazil

The number of firearms in the hands of individuals grew by 241% in Brazil during the government of former President Jair Bolsonaro (Reuters/File)

The number of firearms in private hands grew 241% in Brazil during the government of former President Jair Bolsonaro, according to data from the Brazilian Public Security Yearbook.

In 2019, the year the far-right leader came to power, there were 197,390 registered firearms in the hands of private individuals, a number that by June 30, 2022 shot up to 673,818 registrations.

< p class="paragraph">According to the report, of the 4.4 million weapons of fire in the hands of individuals in the South American giant, almost 2.9 million have active records, but 1,542,168 artifacts circulate irregularly in the country.

< i>(With information from EFE)

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