Firearms laws in CR

Hello from the Great White North, where for you expats from around these latitudes will be happy to hear, is more than knee deep in snow and with temps to match.

 

I'm planning on a business venture in CR which will see me going back and forth from here...so I won't be a permanent resident. I'm a sport shooter and professional smallarms writer so was wondering what both the official and unofficial word is on firearms ownership in CR (long guns only - i.e. black powder musket-types, shotgun and rifle).  I plan on establishing my residence in a rural setting.  Any advice would be much appreciated.

 

Ted Dentay

Mount Albert, ON, Canada

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Gun ownership in Panama

Hola and as new residents, we wonder if anyone has had experience in obtaining a firearm here.   We live out in the country and would feel secure if we had something.    Many thanks

Great info

Excellent documentation on that, Bill!  Feel free to post links to relevant posts anytime.  By the way, if you log in before you hit "reply" then your post will immediately appear and will not say "not verified" next to your username.  I have to manually approve anonymous posts because believe it or not we get about 10 v**gr* anonymous "comments" a day...

Costa Rica Firearm and Gun Ownership Overview

Hi all,

Often times the hardest part about most things Costa Rica is getting good information. For this reason I took the time to write-up an overview of the Costa Rica Firearm and Gun Ownership process based on my own successful firearm ownership, licensure and importation experience.

The online Costa Rica Firearm Ownership & Licensure Overview document was written as a procedural model for the benefit of others interested in such information.

More online information and a full discussion of this topic is available at the Costa Rica Blogger entry:  Costa Rica Firearm and Gun Ownership Overview

I hope you find the information provided to be useful.

-Bill Clanton

Costa Rica Bloggerwww.CostaRicaBlogger.com

Todays issue of AM Costa Rica

Todays issue of AM Costa Rica mentions the bill that has firearm possession proposal. 

   The bill also contains 3,446 words of a section that restricts the use of firearms by citizens.  Among the provisions is one that says a person may only have one firearm for self-protection and it may not be an automatic weapon.

Guns

Yep!!

 Simply stated, Obama's

 Simply stated, Obama's election has been a success, media wise. We have yet to see anything of substance, except for the new bailout plan and the ordering of the closing of Gitmo. That does seems pretty busy for only 12 days in office though.

As for firearms, he has a list of bills he would like to bring forward to limit the sales and access to weapons. The NRA website has all the details. If any of these get close, there will be a mass of citizens purchasing guns and such to obtain a grandfathering of weapon ownership.  

Based on Arias' record to

Based on Arias' record to date I don't expect his proposal will have any chance of a quick implementation, and based on the reaction to Obama's election in the United States you can expect a surge of gun sales when he does get it introduced into the legislature. Costa Rica's constitution does not allow retroactive implementation of new laws.

Sorry for my naive questions: I haven't been folowing politics closely enough apparently.  Could you explain what was the reaction to Obama's election?  And how does it affect the gun sales?

 I doubt that his proposal

 I doubt that his proposal will ever be implemented. But he could limit sales of weapons and ammo with new legislation. 

Guns in Costa Rica

I don't know how a gun owned by a corporation would be handled. It's not part of a residence nor does it have the same address.

Based on Arias' record to date I don't expect his proposal will have any chance of a quick implementation, and based on the reaction to Obama's election in the United States you can expect a surge of gun sales when he does get it introduced into the legislature. Costa Rica's constitution does not allow retroactive implementation of new laws.

Guns and the rise of murders

Arias has been noted as saying that a new gun control may be needed to lower violent crimes in Costa Rica.

His proposal is one firearm per residence. 

www.amcostarica.com/012909.htm -- the lead article on page one.

Gun Ownership.

There are a lot of hoops to jump  through but you can do it. If you are not a resideent you may not own firearms in your own name but you can create a corporation to hold them, A corporation is the safest way anyhow.  Reloading or blackpowder are out as it is nearly impossible to get the powder shipped down. I say nearly in case there is a source I don't know.

Good luck, Ed

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