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Puerto Rico. 2000 ‘Sale of Ammunition to Persons Without a License; Limit in the Amount of Ammunition.’ Puerto Rico Arms Act of 2000; Title 25, Subtitle 1, Part V, Chapter 51A (Sub-chapter 6, Section 459a). San Juan: Puerto Rico. 11 September

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25 L.P.R.A. § 459a (2013)

Section 459a. Sale of Ammunition to Persons Without a License; Limit in the Amount of Ammunition

A person with a weapons or gunsmith1 license may not sell ammunition to persons who do not show a weapons license1 or the permits set forth in this chapter. The sale of ammunition shall be limited exclusively to the type of ammunition used by the weapon or weapons that the purchaser has registered to his name.

Any violation of the provisions set forth in the preceding paragraph shall constitute a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for a fixed term of five (5) years. Should there be aggravating circumstances, the fixed penalty thus established may be increased to a maximum of eight (8) years; should there be extenuating circumstances, it may be reduced to a minimum of three (3) years and one (1) day.

A person who holds a weapons license, except in the target shooting or hunting categories, may only own a maximum of fifty (50) rounds per calendar year for each weapon he/she owns. If said person wishes to exchange the ammunition, whether by replacing the same or acquiring new ammunition due to having used or lost some of it, he/she shall resort to the district or police2 precinct where he/she resides. The Police2 shall grant him/her an authorization to replace the ammunition in the amount established in this paragraph. In those cases whereby the person wishes to acquire new ammunition because he/she has used or lost some of it, he/she shall report the circumstances under which he/she used or lost said ammunition. In order for the replacement of the ammunition to be granted, the circumstances under which it is to be used shall involve activities that are allowed and legitimate under our body of laws and the provisions of this chapter. The ammunition surrendered shall be impounded by the Police.

Any infraction of the provisions of the preceding paragraph shall constitute a misdemeanor and be sanctioned with a term of imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, a fine not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000), or both penalties at the discretion of the court. The court, at its discretion, may impose the penalty of rendering community services in lieu of the established penalty of imprisonment.

It shall be deemed to be an aggravating circumstance when the sentence is fixed to instigate the sale of ammunition prohibited hereby when it is that commonly known as armor piercing, even though it is designated or marketed [by] any other name, as well as the sale of ammunition different from the type of weapon that the buyer has registered to his/her name. A conviction under this section shall also bring about the automatic canceling of the dealer license and/or of the holder of the weapons license or the target shooting or hunting permit.

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