In Brazil, a suspected robber was shot multiple times by a worker just seconds after walking into a cell phone store. The alleged thief, wearing a motorcycle helmet, appeared to pull out a gun and approached a female employee. A male worker on the other side of the room then pulled out his own weapon and fired multiple shots at the suspect. The suspected robber collapsed to the ground as other workers ducked for cover. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, and the worker was taken to a nearby police station to provide a statement before being released.

The incident was caught on CCTV, and the suspect was seen walking into the store and approaching the female employee at her desk. The suspected robber takes a couple more steps before the male worker fires multiple shots at him.

Under President Jair Bolsonaro, Gun laws in Brazil were loosened during his term from 2019 through 2022. He advocated for the rights of “good citizens” to bear arms and possess ammunition for protection.

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In July 2023, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed a decree tightening restrictions on civilian access to guns. Despite these changes, estimates indicate a surge in the number of guns in civilian hands, monitored by the non-profit Instituto Sou da Paz.

The recent incident at the cell phone store highlights the ongoing debate surrounding gun laws in Brazil.

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