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Firebrand Brazilian Candidate Calls for Subsidized Gun Ownership

  • Ex Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro running second in opinion polls
  • Magazine ’Veja’ hosts likely 2018 presidential candidates
Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro

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Gun ownership should be subsidized, police investigated less, and taxes slashed, Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro said at an event in Sao Paulo that marked the unofficial start of the 2018 campaign.

The ex-army captain was one of a handful of possible candidates hosted by the ’Veja’ news magazine that also included Sao Paulo governor Geraldo Alckmin, environmentalist Marina Silva, Sao Paulo mayor Joao Doria and TV presenter Luciano Huck, who ruled out running on Monday. Notably absent was the current leader in opinion polls, leftist former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who declined an invitation, according to the press office of Veja.