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Every Panamanian also has the right to arm himself. Many thousands of Panamanians have gun permits (Permisos de Armas) and carry guns for protection, enjoy shooting for sport, hunting, etc.
It is true that we are guests, but Legal residents of Panama have essentially all of the rights of Panamanians except for voting, so owning a firearm is just an exercise of one of those rights.
A Panamanian Diputado is planning to come to the training. Two or three other Panamanians are also expected. When we conducted three training sessions sponsored by Alto al Crimen back in 2010, some Panamanians were there also.
For all I know, ex-pat Latinos do do the same thing in the U.S. Certainly a lot of the illegal ones do, but I imagine you can find legal people of all persuasions at gun ranges in the U.S., including some Russian military guys I read about recently.
Owning a gun is a personal call. No one requires that you own a gun, except in Switzerland and the town of Kennesaw, Georgia where every head of household is required by ordinance to own a gun. They have not had a murder or any death by firearm there for more than 25 years and the crime rate is less than half what it was before the law was passed.
One reason people own guns is that when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
Latinos in the US have done just that. Besides the law in Panama says with permits expats can own fire arms. You just have to watch how you use them. Last resort. Nothing less......
I don't know about "these diputados" but I assume the one who is going to come and shoot doesn't have a problem with it.
Would you not think that if the Panamanian Assembly and President had a problem with non-citizens being able to own guns they would have excluded that from the rights of Pensionado visa holders and of "E" cedula holders?
In 2011 an individual government official decided that since Pensionado visa cards said "turista" their holders could not buy guns. He stopped the processing of all their gun purchases and Permiso de Armas applications. A group of Panamanian gun dealers jointly hired an attorney to straighten the matter out. On January 10, 2012 the bootleg policy was reversed. Ex-pats were not involved in the reversal at all. Panamanians straightened out the error themselves.
You have the perfect situation. You can just decide not to have one. Case closed.