Brazil's president-elect vows to loosen gun laws

Brazil's incoming President Jair Bolsonaro says he will issue a decree making it possible for citizens to possess firearms

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro says that on taking office, he will issue a decree guaranteeing citizens without a criminal history the ability to possess firearms.

Despite the difficulty legally possessing a firearm, gun violence is a problem in Brazil. In 2017, Brazil set a record for murders with just over 63,000 people killed.

A 2005 referendum asked Brazilians if the sale of firearms should be banned. Almost 64 percent of the population voted against the measure.