A commentator recently chided TTAG for focusing its editorial ire on Great Britain and Mexico’s civilian disarmament. In the interests of global diversity, click here for the final wording of Brazil’s “Statute of Disarmament.” It’s American antis’ wet dream of a gun control regime, with everything from universal background checks (no sales or transfers without government approval) to its logical corollary (universal gun and firearms owner registration). No business can sell a gun without government approval. But wait! There’s more! . . .
No one can buy, own or keep a gun without government approval. To own a gun a Brazilian must submit a criminal clearance certificate, proof of address and employment, proof of technical capacity and psychological ability to handle firearms. Owners can only buy ammunition in a caliber corresponding to the weapon acquired, subject to quantity limits. There are government fees for all of the above. There’s no legal concealed carry for civilians.
Illegal possession of a firearm earns violators a three to six-year jail term plus fine. Brazilians guilty of “acquiring, renting, receiving, transporting, carrying, concealing, storing, disassembling, assembling, re-assembling, adulterating, displaying for sale or, by any other means, utilizing for their own benefit or for the benefit of others, when exercising either a commercial or industrial activity, firearms, accessories and ammunition without authorization, or in violation of the legal or regulatory norms” are looking at a four to eight-year stretch.
No one under the age of 25 can possess a firearm. One year after the legislative package is enacted, all manufacturers’ guns must include micro-stamping. [NB: That would mean Brazilian-based Taurus will have CA-compatible semis.] No more toy guns or replicas. Banned. There are more provisions, but those are the low-lights.
Here’s a quick reminder of the state of play of the South American country whose motto is “Ordem e Progresso” [via wikipedia yes wikipedia]:
In 2006 49,145 people were murdered in Brazil according to the health ministry DATASUS, an increase when compared to 2005, when 47,578 people were killed. Total murders set new records in the three years from 2009 to 2011, surpassing the previous record set in 2003. More importantly, 2003 still holds the record for murders per 100,000 in Brazil; that year alone the rate was 28.9. Note that police records post significantly lower numbers than the health ministry.
Will Brazil’s across-the-board civilian disarmament agenda do anything to reduce the country’s violent crime rate? I’m betting no. Quite the opposite. If the government doesn’t play fast and loose with the stats [as evinced above and here] we should see an increase in lawlessness, whether from the government or criminals or both. Watch this space. And get ready for American antis to greet the disarmament program’s failure with the argument that Brazil didn’t do enough to restrict “gun violence.” Seriously.