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  • Chris Frochaux of SEMUSA REALTY – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Answered by Chris Frochaux - SEMUSA REALTY
    Posted April 27, 2013

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    In Panama, only legal residents may own and/or carry guns, as opposed to visitors and tourists. Therefore a foreigner can apply for gun ownership once he or she has satisfied immigration requirements and obtained legal residence. Since Panama has neither an army nor the equivalent of the N.R.A., gun ownership rules differ sensibly from U.S. regulations. To begin with there are no gun fairs... you can only purchase a gun from a handful of authorized dealers, and the choices are very limited - not to mention prices are about double what you would expect to pay. Unless you prefer to place a special order, which is going to delay the process by a number of months, you can purchase a gun under five minutes, the time it takes to process your credit card. This is however where the similarity ends... The gun(s) shall remain in the store's custody until you secure a permit - which in practice can easily take six to nine months. And this is where the fun begins: you'll have to provide a urine sample on the spot (to check for drug use) and later blood samples (to keep your DNA on file) not to mention fingerprints. Also you'll need to visit a psychiatrist to undergo a psychological evaluation. In the meantime, the store will ship the gun to the police, which will perform ballistic tests and keep all records on file, together with your full ID and address. The permit is valid for 5 years and must be showed prior to purchasing ammunition.
    In theory, you could purchase a gun outside the country and import it to Panama. The thought crossed my mind, as I possessed a concealed weapon permit in Florida and was fond of my Sig Sauer handgun. However, after thoroughly researching the matter on gun forums, I concluded that this would have been an excessively complicated and expensive option, and that it would have further delayed the already lengthy permit application process. 
  • Allen Rosen of Chiriqui Coastal Real Estate – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Answered by Allen Rosen - Chiriqui Coastal Real Estate
    Posted May 13, 2013

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    Permanent residents and citizens can own guns in Panama but the requirements are stringent -- criminal background checks, blood tests, psychiatric tests -- and it takes a long time to get a permit -- anywhere from 3 or 4 months to a year.
  • Lucia Haines of Panama Realtor Inc. – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account Answered by Lucia Haines - Panama Realtor Inc.
    Posted June 18, 2013

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    It is possible for Panamanians and foreigners with a permanent residency status to own a gun in Panama.   There are two types of gun permits.
    1. Tenencia which is the right to own a gun.
      • These permits are valid for 10 years and can apply for up to 10 weapons
    2. Porte which is the right to carry a gun. (A concealed weapon permit.)
      • These permits are valid for a period of 4 years and can apply to 10 weapons; however only up to 2 weapons can be carried at any given time.
    In order to obtain either of the gun permits you must fulfill the following requirements:
    • notarized copy of your cedula
    • satisfactory psychological exam
    • satisfactory drug testing (anti doping)
    • certificate from shooting/gun safety course from an authorized provider
    • DNA sample which will be kept on record by Forensic Medicine of the Public Ministry.
    • all registered guns must have ballistic tests conducted by the DIJ (police) which are kept on file.
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