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Giovanna Barrantes

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  1. Hello Everyone This may clear up some confusion about owning a firearm in Costa Rica. Costa Rica Self-Defense When it comes to firearms; everything from the types allowed to whom can possess, own, purchase, import and carry these weapons with an appropriate license is regulated by the Ministry of Public Security's Department of Control of Weapons and Explosives Law #7530. Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, Departamento de Control de Armas y Explosivos Ley 7530. Disclaimer: This document, Bill Clanton, Costa Rica Firearms, CostaRicaFirearms.com, Costa Rica Blogger, CostaRicaBlogger.com and any associated entities are not attorneys and do not provide legal advice. Information provided is believed to be true and correct at the time of publication. Consult with a licensed Costa Rica attorney or the proper Costa Rica government authorities for all opinions regarding Law #7530, self-defense, property defense, firearms, weapons or any other related matters. Ley 7530 If Costa Rica is "paradise" and a `pacifist nation', then why are we discussing self-defense? Simple: Bad guys like good victims. Ley 7530 Costa Rica's firearms Law #7530 is regulated by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, Departamento de Control de Armas y Explosivos Possession of most personal self-defense items other than firearms is legal without the need for a license or permit. Products such as pepper spray, collapsible batons, stun guns, Tasers, and other commercial selfdefense devices are available for purchase by the general public from a variety of Costa Rica specialty stores called "armerías". Early in the year 2010 there were some significant changes to Ley 7530 that will affect many foreigners (or "extranjeros") and their ability to own firearms. The most important changes in 2010 to the Costa Rica gun laws for foreign residents are: • Only Citizens or Permanent Residents can own firearms. o A resident's cédula must be designated "libre conditión". o No longer can non-residents own firearms as an officer of a Costa Rica corporation. o No longer can non-permanent residents such as those of Pensionado, Rentista, Inversionista or Representante status own firearms for even home or office protection. • All firearm license applicants must be Fingerprinted. • All firearm license applicants must provide an Attorney Affidavit showing cause for the need to own or carry a firearm in Costa Rica. To be clear: Non-Permanent Residents cannot have a gun for any purpose (ningún, nada, no exceptions) © Costa Rica Firearms | CostaRicaFirearms.com
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