Supreme Court bans guns ahead of Lula’s Jan. 1 inauguration

Brazil: In response to recent episodes of political violence, Brazil’s Supreme Court has banned registered gun owners from carrying firearms in the country’s capital until after the inauguration of President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Judge Alexandre de Moraes temporarily suspended licenses allowing hunters, sport shooters and gatherers to carry guns, firearms and ammunition in the federal district where the Brasilia is located.

Campaign stickers for outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lie near guns for sale at a shooting club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in October.

Campaign stickers for outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro lie near guns for sale at a shooting club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in October.Credit:AP

The move comes as tensions remain high in the South American country after the tightest election in a generation, in which leftist Lula narrowly defeated far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

Bolsonaro supporters have camped outside army barracks and urged the military to stage a coup. The Brasilia camp, outside the army headquarters, has become one of the most extreme.

On December 12, the day Lula’s victory was declared, some camp residents attacked the federal police headquarters in Brasilia. On Saturday, a man was arrested for attempting to detonate a bomb in protest of the election results and said Bolsonaro’s call to arms inspired him to build an arsenal.

Bolsonaro campaigned against crime before his election, signing decrees relaxing gun laws as president in 2019, saying armed citizens could better protect themselves. Since then, the number of registered gun owners in Brazil has increased six-fold to around 700,000 people.

Members of Congress make hand gestures with finger guns as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (center, head down) signs a second decree easing gun restrictions in Brasilia in 2019.

Members of Congress make hand gestures with finger guns as Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (center, head down) signs a second decree easing gun restrictions in Brasilia in 2019.Credit:AP

The gun ban measure is in effect from Wednesday evening (Thursday AEDT) until January 2, the day after Lula’s inauguration, according to Moraes’ decision, which was reviewed by Reuters.

Moraes said in his ruling that anyone caught breaking the ban should be arrested. The ban does not apply to members of security forces and employees of private security companies.

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