This is a discussion on Panama CCW? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I've been reading up on gun laws in the country of Panama and it seems like its relatively easy for a legal resident or citizen ...
September 15th, 2009 03:09 PM
I've been reading up on gun laws in the country of Panama and it seems like its relatively easy for a legal resident or citizen of panama to obain on of their gun permits which also allows for concealed carry of said gun as well. Is there anyone here who is from panama who can confirm this? If so are guns like S&W and Ruger available there,and do they costs a lot more than here in the U.S.?
Snub nose revolvers,the original concealed carry guns.
September 15th, 2009 04:39 PM
I've heard some - maybe several - Americans retire to Panama. That in mind, I'd like to know about their gun laws / policy too - just in case I consider that as a retirement option myself.
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September 15th, 2009 05:45 PM
A little long but this may answer your questions.
Panama Gun Laws
Introduction – This article is written for the Ex-Pat who has legally become a resident of the Republic of Panama and wishes to acquire a firearm. We will walk you through the process. Tourists can not acquire firearms in Panama. You must have a residency or be a Pensionado. You do not need to retain a lawyer to purchase a gun. If you have permission to buy the firearm you can carry it concealed on your person, in your pocket or purse, in your vehicle etc. Certain buildings have a firearms prohibited sign on the entrance and of course you should obey these signs. Banks, airports, government offices have such signs. So there are no concealed carry permits in Panama, if you can buy the gun lawfully you can carry it concealed. Exposed carry of the firearm is not allowed and will cause police attention fast.
Types of Guns in Panama – You can buy handguns (semi-auto handguns, revolvers), rifles and shotguns. You can have hi-capacity magazines in any type gun, no restrictions. You can not have full-auto firearms. You can have semi-auto rifles and handguns. You can not have a silencer. Guns are costly in Panama, figure 50% higher than North America on name brand guns like Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith, Remington, etc. Gun dealers generally do not have a large inventory in Panama. Expect to see 10 or so rifles and shotguns in stock and perhaps as many handguns. Many of the guns will be cheapies from Argentina and Russia. The dealer can order you what you want but expect a wait of 2-3 months or more then add in the time for the permission to buy the gun to go through.
The Gun Buying Process in Panama – First you go to the gun store and prove to them you are eligible to buy a firearm by way of Residency, Pensionado, etc. Next you select a gun and pay for it. Then the gun store will have you go to the bathroom and pee in a cup which is a medical sample cup. Then you will be given a form to take to a government health office for a finger ***** blood test – DNA sample. Plan on a wait to get your blood sample. Next the gun store sends the paperwork through the police system. It goes to three departments and can take 6-10 weeks to clear. When it is complete you get the gun. More than one gun can be bought at the same time. You also get a gun permit which is a folded piece of green cardboard paper which a photo on it. You can enter up to 10 guns on the permit. Panama does not limit amount of guns so if you earn more than 10 guns an additional listing page will be provided for the permit. The police will take ballistic sample of a fired round.
Sawed off Shotguns and Short Barreled Rifles – These are legal in Panama. They are not sold that way but can be modified by a gunsmith to suit. Pistol grip shotguns with no shoulder stock are generally available in the stores with an 18” barrel and a large magazine underneath. Double barrel shotguns are available and of course can easily be shortened by a gunsmith; you could even add a choke so the short barrel groups tight. Short barrel rifles can also be created by a gunsmith but the purpose of this is hard to determine other than slightly reducing the barrel length on an assault rifle but in any event it is lawful. I guess some want to do it because they could not do so in their home country?
Ammo- No armor piercing ammo allowed. Hollow points, high speed light weight defensive rounds etc. are fine.
Firearm Importation into Panama – This is possible. Generally this appeals to Americans since they seem to have lots of firearms. You go to a gun store and get their assistance. You apply for an importation permit which is something like the same process for a purchase if you do not already have a permit. It is easier if you have a permit. Then you get permission to import the weapon into Panama. There can be problems and restrictions shipping a firearm from other countries like the USA which require the services of a licensed gun dealer able to export. You would Fed Ex the unloaded gun with paperwork from USA and Panama to Panama. Then you would hope for the best and that things sort themselves out before the gun rusts out in some non-climate controlled government warehouse somewhere. You will be required to pay an import duty which can be steep. A customs broker would be best source for costs on this, we do not know but a guess would be 50% of the value – is it new or used, etc. We are a law firm not a customs broker. If you have a question about bringing in some rare special gun like a Browning Safari Grade Rifle or a Heckler and Koch squeeze cocker handgun we really have no idea what the taxes will be. First become eligible for buy a gun and then retain a customs broker. Suggestion: Skip the importation process, buy a gun in Panama.
Ranges – There are an ample amount of indoor handgun ranges and outdoor ranges. No worries.
September 15th, 2009 07:36 PM
Bosco can you email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I want to talk to you about your post and using it. Do put Panama CCW in the subject line as I get a lot of spam on that public account. Thank you and Stay safe,
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September 16th, 2009 02:09 AM
Urine and blood samples!
Shhhh! Nobody tell Congress about this!
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September 16th, 2009 07:34 AM
Paramedic70002 the blood an urine sample part struck me a bit odd as well.
Snub nose revolvers,the original concealed carry guns.
September 16th, 2009 08:30 AM
It is interesting about the DNA and urine samples. I was thinking about that when I got fingerprinted for my CCH. I was wondering if/when the states might begin to obtain DNA samples for CCH instead of, or in addition to prints. It would be very easy to obtain and they would not need to actually test the specimen unless there were an issue.
Don't get me wrong, I am not in favor of this, these were just thoughts I had about it. I wasn't thrilled to provide prints to legally defend myself. I would be less thrilled at providing DNA. I would not be surprised if we see something implemented in the future similar to this. Maybe not, who knows?
Didn't mean to hijack the thread. Thank you for the information bosco.
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