Committee to study status of firearms

arama020515The security ministry has reactivated what it calls the national interdisciplinary committee to consult on the control and proliferation of firearms and munitions.

Gustavo Mata Vega, a vice minister, said that officials want a clear outline of both legal and illegal firearms.

The committee includes representatives from various ministries and also from the Fundación Arias para la Paz y el Progreso Humano. An organization from all of Central America also is involved.

The committee did not suggest any direction that it might follow, but the Arias foundation, at least, is not a supporter of the human right of self defense, as outlined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Meanwhile, police said they confiscated several firearms Wednesday, including one that was homemade from pipes.

A main complaint of expats is that possession of firearms is restricted to permanent residents and not pensionados or rentists, so a new arrival might have to await four years before being able to obtain a weapon legally. Expats who are eligible to obtain weapon’s permits also complain about the delays in processing their application.

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