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I am a permanent resident and will be flying back in December from San Francisco to San Jose.

I want to bring a handgun with me, I know I have to make a declaration at the San Francisco airport and have it in a locked case in my checked baggage and the boxes of ammo in another suitcase.

My question is do I just need to declare it to Customs when I arrive in San Jose !! or do I need additional paperwork from Costa Rica before leaving the

States. I know customs will hold it it until it has been registered in CR and then release it after the tests for safety and physco test.

Has anyone done this lately !! if so please let me know what you had to go through.

I want to bring a glock 19 which cost $540 in California and $1100 in CR.

Also any idea of the import Tax etc

Thanks

Roger

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Yes, you will have to declare it at the airport, they put all luggage thru an xray.

You should contact the CR embassy in Los Angeles, they should have all the info on the requirements for bringing a handgun into CR. They should have some info on their website, and also phone numbers.

 

DJ

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The import tax is 100% (of what Customs deems it is worth) so you might as well save yourself some headaches and just purchase one here. I used Serengeti Armari in Escazu and they handled all the paperwork/registration for an extra 10,000. Well worth it in my opinion. Took them 10 days from the time I walked in until I had the gun in my hands. I purchased the gun with an SA and I dont think that is still possible. I dont know what the wait times are like for a Concealed Permit.

 

Besides - do you really want to risk you gun being locked up in customs? Though I have been told it is much better as of late - they are known to have sticky fingers and blind eyes.

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The import tax is 100% (of what Customs deems it is worth) so you might as well save yourself some headaches and just purchase one here. I used Serengeti Armari in Escazu and they handled all the paperwork/registration for an extra 10,000. Well worth it in my opinion. Took them 10 days from the time I walked in until I had the gun in my hands. I purchased the gun with an SA and I dont think that is still possible. I dont know what the wait times are like for a Concealed Permit.

 

Besides - do you really want to risk you gun being locked up in customs? Though I have been told it is much better as of late - they are known to have sticky fingers and blind eyes.

 

Thanks for the reply, Is Serengeti gun shop still around ?? I cannot seem to find any info on them.

I really want a glock 19 and they do not seem to be available in CR.

Anyone know of what is available in CR, comparable and reliable to a 19 which is considered a compact 9mm but still a decent size and three finger grip.

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As of about three weeks ago they were still around. They are located in the strip mall that is to the right of Walmart - Escazu. There is also a few banks in the shopping center but I cant recall the name. At the time I purchased one, they had 3 or 4 glocks in stock, though I dont specifically recall a model 19. I was looking for a model 22 (which they had) when I originally went in, but ended up purchasing a S&W M&P 40 w/ Crimson Trace grips out the door for $1100. They also had the 9mm version of the M&P. The specialize mostly in hunting weapons, but told me they could get any gun I wanted. I just opted for one in stock.

 

I know for a fact that the gun store in the Multiplaza Escazu carries the full line of Glocks but I dont have any experience purchasing from them.

 

 

 

Thanks for the reply, Is Serengeti gun shop still around ?? I cannot seem to find any info on them.

I really want a glock 19 and they do not seem to be available in CR.

Anyone know of what is available in CR, comparable and reliable to a 19 which is considered a compact 9mm but still a decent size and three finger grip.

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The gun will be seized by CR customs, and you will be fined. You cannot bring in a handgun without first obtaining an import permit from the Costa Rican government.

 

To do so, you must prove ownership of the gun in the US - in some states, handguns are registered, in others, like Arizona, they are not, so you need proof of purchase plus probably the ATF form you filled out when you purchased the gun. The ownership documents must be certified by your state's Secretary of State, and then they have to be certified by the Costa Rican consulate. You'll also need proof of residency status, and these days, you have to complete your practical, theoretical and psychological exams for the carry permit BEFORE you can import or purchase a handgun. Save yourself the hassle, bite the bullet (pun intended), get your permit first, and buy the gun in Costa Rica.

 

Serengeti (Trejos Montealegre, right next to the 27 freeway, opposite Walmart) is okay, I have done a bit business with them, but they can be pricey (especially for gringos ;-)). Someone mentioned that they generously handled their registration, etc., for an extra $20 - that would be very impressive, except for the fact that anyway, THEY ARE LEGALLY BOUND to handle the registration for every gun they sell. The cost of that should be factored into their already high prices, not tagged on to the customer's bill (and they have never done so with me!). Note that they are very open to cash deals for guns and ammo. They have good prices on Smith & Wesson M&P models - personally, I think the M&P is one of the best price/performance pistol purchases you can make in Costa Rica. Their full-size 9mm (which you'll like, if you like the Glock), is going for around $900 retail new, so the markup is relatively less than that on Glocks. S&W have been pushing their wares quite hard in Central America, therefore fairly decent prices... Have you noticed what the cops are carrying these days :rolleyes:?

 

You might also look at used Glocks. Serengeti doesn't usually have them, however, Armeria Rex (downtown) gets them in quite often, and you can negotiate with them. The lowest price I've seen was about $950 for a used Gen 3 G17.... Also check out Armeria Pollini, downtown as well, decent prices on various weapons. El Hispano, between Los Yoses and downtown, is an excellent shop, but not a lot of Glocks, and not a lot of used merchandise in general. The one armeria that I would never use is Trabuco in Multiplaza - $1,850 for a SIG 229 or Beretta Storm PX4 is outrageous and caters to those who just don't know any better, or don't care. Sí, los impuestos son altos, pero no tan alto como el!

 

There's an excellent range in Pavas, the Poligono CDC. Very knowledgable personnel, clean, safe and large facility. Most of San Jose's serious firearms enthusiasts are members there, and the bulletin board often has good deals on various weapons offered through private parties - lots of negotiating room there! The guys at CDC will also step you through the procedure of getting your portacion, they offer all the required courses and exams, and assist you with purchase/registration of the gun. They also offer some very good training beyond the minimum required for your portacion (make 7 hits on an 8" target at 7 meters - pretty easy).

 

Hope this helps! If you have more questions, feel free to email

 

oliver AT integritas DOT cr

 

-o

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