Campaigning in Brazil’s tightly contested, and highly divisive election, is entering its last two weeks. Inevitably, much international attention has honed in on the campaign itself, and some of the more outlandish declarations made by President Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing populist running for re-election.

But one of the biggest issues facing Brazilians today is security – in particular personal safety, amid a rise in gun ownership. This might sound familiar, but the history of gun ownership is very different in Brazil to that in the United States. The Conversation Weekly set out to discover more about this key matter that cuts to the heart of the deep divisions running through Brazilian society right now. It’s a fascinating listen – do check it out.

We’ll have more on, and from Brazil, as the outcome of the bitter, and at times violent, contest between Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva becomes clear. We also published a piece on the election in Portuguese last week – a translation of an English language article.

Stephen Khan

Executive Editor, The Conversation International

President Jair Bolsonaro relaxed rules around private gun ownership. Joedson Alves/EPA

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Jair Bolsonaro put gun ownership at the centre of his political platform and relaxed gun regulations. What does that mean for Brazll? Listent to The Conversation Weekly podcast.

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