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We have a group of people who want to go to South America traveling around. We were wondering what the laws were there for foreigners carrying weapons for protection. Also in Jungle areas. If we are allowed, are their places in South America for foreigners to purchase weapons.  Any info, any help?

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Lucas


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Even brazilians can't carry weapons without specific documentation
and buying a gun legally has a lot o burocracy and takes a lot of time.


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can you bring a gun you own into the country or will customs confiscate it?

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Lucas


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Bring a gun in the plane? I don't think it's a good idea... If they catch you in the airport after the authorities confiscate your gun they will interrogate you...



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Lucas, um usuário convicto (mas não fanático) de Macintosh

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Ze


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Most likely the customs will confiscate your guns and you'll never see them again. You can get them illegaly in remote areas, but it is not a good deal to do so.

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Paulista



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Zé.

great to have you back in town. We've missed you.

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fernandobn


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Only Police, Military personnel, judges and few with specific reason can carry guns! Brazil is not the last frontier! Even as a self defense, lets say that  someone broke in your property and you use your gun, you can't be caught using it, otherwise you go to jail.

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Ze


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Thanks.

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Hugo


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Brazilians without a criminal record may apply to the Policia Civil for a gun license (Registro) In fact, Brazilians are entitled to keep up to SIX firearms at home and business premises (up to two pistols, two rifles and two shotguns - source Casa Salles, armourer, Belo Horizonte, MG). However, although it is relatively straightforward for Brazilians to keep guns at home and at their business premises, this DOES NOT mean that they are entitled to carry guns in public places. In order to do that an extended license is required which IS  difficult to acquire (Porte). Foreigners, unlike Brazilian nationals, are not entitled to keep or carry guns in Brazil - although, naturally, there is nothing to stop the Brazilian spouse of a foreign national from keeping a firearm at home or at the business premises. If you are a foreigner needing protection in Brazil, hire a licensed security specialist - who will be licensed to carry firearms by the Civil Police of the State of residence. For more information see - Sistema Nacional de Armas (SINARM) - Lei 9.437. de 20 Fevereiro de 1997.

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BRENT


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I am going to worry about weapons when I get there. No sense in borrowing trouble.


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Ze


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Avoid getting caught then, our prisons are fearfully crowded and violent.

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BRENT


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Violent? That's why I need the gun, Ze.


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Ze


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Having a gun won't save you from robbery, it will condemn you to death. You usually don't have a second chance to learn from these errors.

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BRENT


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I'm not worried. My two fists will protect me from harm. I've beaten people up who are bigger than me. The gun is just in case I'm outnumbered or thrown in the slammer.


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Brent - Are you an American? The last thing an American wants is to get busted for carrying or using a firearm in Brazil. Unless you want to become somebody's girfriend in a rotten Brazilian prison, don't even think about it.

If you're that concerned about safety (and personally, I think that nowadays in Rio and Sao Paulo, every foreign visitor needs to think about their safety with all of the kidnappings and other violence that is escalating there), HIRE A BODYGUARD. This is actually becoming quite common, especially with high level visitors, such as multinational business executives and other high-profile people that are at risk for being kidnapped. Let THEM handle the guns, and you can enjoy your stay.

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