Charge sought for permits to carry firearms

The Solís administration wants to charge each person who obtains a permit to carry a weapon $50. Now the government is bearing the cost of issuing the permit, said the security minister, Celso Gamboa Sánchez, who appeared before lawmakers Thursday.

Gamboa asked the Comisión Permanente Especial de Seguridad y Narcotráfico to throw out a bill members had been studying. The measure regulates security companies. Gamboa said that the administration has just come forth with a new bill that would be more of what he called integral. The current measure, if adopted, would cause problems within the industry, he said.

The new bill is No. 19.281.

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