|Published Monday, June 29, 2020Extended weapon licenses
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) extended the permits to carry weapons for individuals, private security agents and other police forces until September 1, announced the Ministry of Security.
According to the ministry, the extension applies to those documents that expire between March 27 and August 31 of this year.
Also, licenses for the import, export and commercialization of arms, ammunition, explosives and related materials will be automatically extended too.
Shooting areas, or so-called polygons, licenses are also extended, as long as they comply with the regulatory guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
Due to these extensions, beginning this Wednesday, July 1, only import permits and storage will be processed for regular dealers of weapons, ammunition, accessories, explosives and related chemicals.
However, the General Directorate of Armaments will continue offering the following procedures:
• Export permits for industrial explosives that are requested online.
• Application for carrying permits for Private Security officers. The authorities clarify that any application for a permit for private security officers incomplete will be suspended until the national emergency caused by covid-19 has finished.
• New weapon registration applications will only be processed for the business that is registered as private security companies before the state.
• The process continues for private security companies, State entities and Police Bodies of requests for the sale and billing of new weapons.
DGA will continue with the reception of documents and the processing of authorizations to commercialize pyrotechnic explosives, known as gunpowder.
However, few procedures were suspended until August 31:
• Occasional import permits for firearms, ammunition, and accessories.
• Occasional storages of regulated products that do not require import processes, but do require physical inspection.
• Receipt of documents and processing of new authorizations for shooting areas, businesses that wish to import or sell weapons, ammunition, accessories, explosives or related chemicals.
For more information on the new extensions and the suspension of some services call the Ministry of Security phone 506-2586-4000.
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