Brazil’s Lula has a plan to rein in gun ownership. Will it work?

Jonathan Schmidt arrived at Federal Police headquarters in the center of Rio de Janeiro with a travel bag carrying a golden pistol and seven rifles, one peeking out of the zipper.

“I’m in love with guns,” said Mr. Schmidt. “I’d have over 2,000 if the government allowed.”

Mr. Schmidt already has his firearms registered with the army, as required by law for sport shooters like him, but experts have cast doubt on the reliability of its database and said lax oversight has allowed such guns to fall into criminal hands. Mr. Schmidt was adding his guns to the police registry on Wednesday to comply with a push by Brazil’s new left-wing president.

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