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Godnick, William and Helena Vasquez. 2003 ‘Costa Rica: Domestic Arms Control Laws.’ Small Arms Control in Central America: Monitoring the Implementation of Small Arms Control Projects (MISAC); Latin America Series No. 2, p. 14. London: International Alert, Security and Peacebuilding Programme. 1 June

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Costa Rica: Domestic Arms Control Laws

The seller of a firearm has the responsibility to report the sale and
information regarding the buyer within three days of the purchase. The individual then has the responsibility to register the firearm and submit the weapon to a ballistics test, though research has demonstrated that this does not take place in practice. …

Each Costa Rican citizen can own and register up to three firearms and purchase up to 500 rounds of ammunition annually. There is some confusion in the law between a registered weapon and a licence to own one, which are basically the same. However, to carry a weapon in public one must request a special authorisation and prove legitimate reasons. …

Arms dealers must renew their permits annually, while shooting ranges and clubs must have authorisation from the arms registry, the Ministry of Sports and Recreation and the Ministry of Public Health. …

Confiscated weapons are stored at the National Arsenal and eventually may be assigned for use, if an appropriate weapon type, to the Judicial Investigation Organ (OIJ). Those weapons which do not fulfil the necessary characteristics
must be destroyed.

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