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Brazil’s president eases gun laws with decree

Bogota: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree relaxing the country’s strict gun controls in an attempt to stem mounting crime.
“The people have decided to buy arms and munitions and we cannot deny [that],” the daily O Globo quoted Bolsonaro as saying.
The far-right president had pledged to arm the population in order to restore law and order during his election campaign last year. The decree allows citizens to own up to four guns, local media reported. The number can be increased in some cases, for instance in those of people needing to protect many properties. (DPA)