Since the election of Jair Bolsonaro in 2019, the number of hunters, sport shooters and collectors has increased from 117,000 to more than 673,000. By comparison, there were less than 64,000 in 2017.
In 2022, the number of armed civilians, 637,000, exceeds that of the police, 406,384, according to government figures.
According to the NGO Brazilian Public Security Forum, there are approximately 4.4 million weapons in circulation in Brazil, for a population of 214 million.
These weapons are held by hunters, sports shooters and collectors, to which are added individual self-defense weapons, as well as those of civil servants. – also for private use – of members of the security forces.