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Gun laws in Puerto Rico?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Fly320s, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Fly320s

    Fly320s Well-Known Member

    Howdy from balmy San Juan.

    As I was walking around Old San Juan today, I noticed many police officers and other uniformed, armed people (maybe they are military) on patrol. San Juan has a very good police presence in the Old Town. All of the cops had on soft body armor as the outermost layer of their uniform. I tried to get a look at the sidearms, but the guns were mostly covered by the holsters.

    Which leads me to ask about the gun laws here. I know P.R. is a U.S. territory, but I don't think that P.R. residents are represented by our Constitution.

    Anyone know the laws?
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    "Arms Identification Card"
    Issuance of the "Arms Identification Card" is virtually "Shall-Issue" and the Colonel of the Policia de Puerto Rico will allow any individual who is not prohibited by Federal Law to obtain a firearm after a background check has been thoroughly performed. Under no circumstances can an individual purchase, transport, carry, or even discharge a firearm at a designated facility unless a proper permit has been issued.

    "Special Carrying of Arms License"
    Issuance of the "Special Carrying of Arms License" is almost completely discretionary and in order to obtain this amendment to your Arms Identification Card you must have a judge certify your request under the supervision of the court. I have also been informed by the Arms Division of the Policia De Puerto Rico that judges strictly limit licenses to persons specifically employed in security work . . . and to others who can establish an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection. They offered no figures or statistics over the phone, but from what I gathered from the conversation is that Puerto Rico is a "Gun Unfriendly" possession of the US.

    2 year minimum prison for carrying w/o a permit. No reciprocity with any other state.
  3. Fly320s

    Fly320s Well-Known Member

    Well, the scenery is nice.

    Thanks, hso.

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