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posted 09-29-2005 06:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for rhodes     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I was wondering if you are allowed to own a fire arm gun-rifle in CR,and what are the general gun laws?


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posted 10-01-2005 06:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for myriamt     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I dont think you can... But why bother? Guns are bad news anyways!

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posted 10-02-2005 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blaze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey rhodes I'm checkin into the laws regarding gun's, I will try to get ya a real answer. If you find out first let me know.

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posted 10-02-2005 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blaze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
rhodes, rogerd seems to have the best answer to our mutual question regarding firearms. Look in costa rica in general.

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posted 10-16-2005 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for zinzac     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Types of Legal Firearms: Individuals are only allowed to possess the following weapons:
.12-.22 caliber non-automatic pistols and rifles;
Up to .45 caliber semiautomatic pistols and rifles;
Up to .12 caliber shotguns;
Up to .460 caliber rifles and carbines;
Weapons which form part of authorized collections;
Weapons used for sports and hunting.
Purposes of Lawful Firearms Ownership: sports, hunting, collection

The 1995 Arms Law gives responsibility in the fields of granting and registering firearms permits to an organ of the Ministry of Public Security called the General Arms Board. The Board is required to compile and maintain up-to-date registers of all weapons in the country.
Licencing Requirements: Licences are only granted once detailed information on the weapon and owner is taken by the Department, and once the owner has demonstrated competence in basic mechanics, handling and safety measures. Residents can acquire, possess and carry weapons in accordance with the law. Article 7 stipulates that the following groups cannot carry weapons:
those on parole;
those under 18, unless accompanied by an adult purely for hunting or target-shooting purposes, and then only those over 14;
those with physical or mental disabilities affecting the handling of firearms;
those who have been convicted of an offense with a firearm, if an order from a competent authority exists forbidding them from the use of firearms.
Registration Requirements: Under normal circumstances individuals cannot register more than three weapons for personal use.
Training Requirements: Aptitude to handle firearms is a condition for granting a legitimate user licence. However, submission of documentation to certify such aptitude is only required, in practice, in cases where the legitimate user licence is being sought for a military weapon for conditional civilian use, or when an existing legitimate user applies for a permit to carry his or her weapon.
Storage Requirements: n/a
Prohibited Firearms: n/a
Penalties: n/a
It is illegal to manufacture, own, carry, import, use or deal in weapons that with a single pull of the trigger can fire more than one projectile in succession, or semiautomatic weapons whose magazines carry more than ten units.
CIA, The World Factbook, Costa Rica: http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/index.html.
Except for the Overview, this national profile was adapted from Costa Rica: Diagnostico Armas de Fuego by Max Loria for the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, 2000 (translated by Greg Puley).
SAFER-Net 2003

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posted 10-20-2005 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tmartindub     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Guns in CR serve no purpose. CR has done what many other nations should do: disband the army and put that money toward education.

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