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Soares, Eduardo. 2013 ‘Child and Adolescent Statute.’ Firearms-Control Legislation Policy - Brazil; Section IV, p. 38. Washington DC: Law Library of Congress (USA). 1 February

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Child and Adolescent Statute

In 1990, Brazil enacted the Child and Adolescent Statute1 through Law No. 8,069 of July 13, which provides for the full protection of the child and the adolescent.(4) For the purposes of the law, a child is considered to be a person less than twelve years of age, while an adolescent is a person between twelve and eighteen years of age.(5) In some exceptional cases foreseen in the statute, it also applies to persons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one.

In regard to firearms, the statute punishes with imprisonment(6) of three to six years anyone who sells, supplies, or hands firearms, ammunition, or explosives to a child or adolescent.(7)

For criminal purposes, the Brazilian Penal Code dictates that minors under eighteen years of age are not criminally chargeable but are subject to the rules established in special legislation.(8)


4) ESTATUTO DA CRIANÇA E DO ADOLESCENTE [E.C.A.], Lei No. 8.069 de 13 de Julho de 1990, art. 1,

5) ESTATUTO DA CRIANÇA E DO ADOLESCENTE [E.C.A.], Lei No. 8.069 de 13 de Julho de 1990, art. 2,

6) A sentence of imprisonment (reclusão) must be served in a closed, semiopen, or open regime. Id. art. 33

7) E.C.A. art. 242

8) C.P. [CÓDIGO PENAL] art. 27

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