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Old 16 May 2007
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BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Illinois baby obtains gun permit
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Old 17 May 2007
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Talking guns 'n beers

It is a fascinating country.
You are not allowed to drink a when you are 18 years old,
but you can own a gun when you are 1 year old.

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Old 26 May 2007
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CA gun permits

To add to the debate, first of all a smile is the best thing to carry around.
It's cheap, no, it's free and doesn't require permits.

I live in Nicaragua and I do carry guns. I wouldn't carry guns if if wasn't for the fact that I do transport some valuable goods and sometimes at night.
You need good connections or a permanent residence to get your local permit. They might have temporary permits, since I know they do in Africa when you go hunting.

Don't know for other countries than Nic and Honduras.
In Nicaragua it's pretty ilegal to carry guns. In the countryside no-one bothers and if you would get caught they'll probably just confiscate your gun and take it home as theirs. In the city you will get into trouble and probably face some jailtime.

In Honduras on the other hand, you do go straight to jail, according to the laws. They've got pretty tough laws to stop gangs (maras) and I heard on the radio once in Hon that you get between 18-25 years for unregistered guns..........I almost went to the bathroom in my pants, the one time my wife had stashed her Beretta in the glove department, the border officials searched the vehicle and by the time I got to Tegucigalpa she remembered it was there.......lucky us they didn't find it! Thought of throwing it away for a while......

Anyways, I've been to prisons in these countries, with friends who had oficial businesses with some jails. They are NOT nice, and the guys locked up are not the trustworthy kind of people I like to surround myself with.

Anyways, I've got friends who have lived here for a long time, and they don't carry guns. I do, because of my business and the fact that I want to be able to move rather freely at any time.
A smile is great and will get you out of many situations, but sometimes robbers can be pretty determined and if this determination is combined with you beeing cornered the only thing that will get you out is a gun.
At home, almost 100% of Nicaraguans have guns or at least some kind of arm.

If I were you, I wouldn't ever dream of carrying an unregistered gun.
Jails down here are pretty rough and sentences can be very harsh.
Daytime you might run into a petty thieves in Nicaragua.
The "tough" guys are the gangs, which there aren't many of in Nic and they're very local. So if you don't visit them, they wont bother you.
White people also has a reputation to be peacefull, they know cops WILL investigate a killing of a foreigner and this combined makes for them not needing or wanting to kill bike-traveleres.

All in all. Guns without permits can be a 25-year pain in the ass so don't carry them.
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in 75 a friend and I travelled for some months up the Putomayo river starting in puerto asis, columbia. We were informed that 5 foreignors had been killed a couple of weeks earlier and we quite naturally got a bit worried . My friend wanted to go back but I was equally scared of the frightening bustrip over the mountains getting there so decided to carry on up river. We went to the village police and asked if we could carry a gun for protection . Answer was that we would go to jail and for a long time. The putomayo is a border between several south american countries who, at least in those days, did·nt like eachother a lot !
So my friend and I bought a couple of big machettes to change, keeping a guard in the riverbed where we slept. When it came to my turn I was so tired, that even though I heard and saw creatures moving between the trees, I fell asleep! Nothing happened. Later, seeing how the people there managed their machettes cutting their nales(I would have cut my arm of trying) We understood how ridicilous our expectations of beeing able to defend ourselves and the chances of having too, had been.
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Everyone's talking about bandits/scumbags, but has anyone got advice on surviving salivating ferocious wildlife. I've heard of a lad devoured by Lions near the Zambezi and a biker in Sudan who's life adventure was cut short by hyena's. As for the weaponry debate, don't. Was told a cautionary tale of a lad with a weapon; Aussie in Phnom Penh. His fate, dead within a couple months.
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