Brasilia (EFE).- The government of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva determined this Wednesday that all firearms in the hands of civilians in Brazil be registered in the system administered by the Federal Police within a maximum period of 60 days.
The decision, published in the Official Gazette and signed by the Minister of Justice, Flávio Dino, seeks to strengthen controls on the circulation of firearms and complies with what was stipulated by Lula in a decree signed a month ago, when he assumed the head of state .
The Government intends to concentrate in the National Weapons System (Sinarm) of the Federal Police all the records of weapons held by civilians, including those used by hunters, members of shooting clubs and collectors, which are currently controlled by the Army .
Those who do not register their artifacts within the stipulated period will have to answer for the crimes of carrying and illegal carrying of firearms and the weapons may be seized.
The number of firearms in the hands of individuals grew by 241% in Brazil during the government of former President Jair Bolsonaro, according to data from the Brazilian Public Safety Yearbook.
In 2019, the year in which the far-right leader came to power, there were 197,390 registered firearms in the hands of individuals, a number that by June 30, 2022 shot up to 673,818 registrations.
According to the report, of the 4.4 million firearms in the hands of individuals in the South American giant, almost 2.9 million have active registrations, but 1,542,168 artifacts circulate irregularly in the country.