Firearm process is ridiculous

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Recently you published an article about firearms, and you mentioned the complexity of legally obtaining one.  I just went through what I would call an exercise in illogic purchasing my second firearm even though I currently have a porta de armas permit.

You are entirely correct in your statement that many people do not want to deal with the absurdity of entering and completing the process.  It took me over two and a half months to receive my new card.  If I explained it all to you, it would read more like a short story comedy, and few would probably believe it.  The new system that is supposed to be so easy and efficient is the most ridiculous nightmare that some government goofy could create, and that is even with Costa Rican standards for ludicrous bureaucracy.

As a retired law enforcement officer, it was amazing to me how such a process could even be created, and it is no wonder many people choose to buy guns off of the street rather than spend months trying to purchase one legally.  The criminals seem to have no problem getting them, and the courts do little to punish them.

Thanks for your continued service to all of us.

Gary Edwin Zavadil


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