Costa Ricans can be creative in the manufacture of weaponry. There is no secret that firearms can be purchased easily on the street, despite government prohibitions.
But for many the problem is money. A new, top-of-the-line revolver might cost as much as $1,000 when purchased illegally.
A stolen pistol might cost much less, but there always is the danger of the purchase being blamed for a previous crime.
The Fuerza Pública said it confiscated 89 homemade weapons since January. Such seizures seldom end in jail time for those in possession. Police as well as most citizens
know that firearms are nice to have in some neighborhoods.
So usually those with homemade weapons are poorer individuals, although some jury rigged weaponry has been used in crimes.
Police said Thursday that they confiscated one homemade weapon in Miramar. The device was a veterinarian’s syringe that had been modified to shoot a .22-caliber bullet.
Other weapons look like they came from the plumbing department of some hardware store. Sometimes the trigger and firing pin is just a big elastic band.
Most appear to be more lethal to the user than a target.