Surprise! Puerto Rico Gets Constitutional Carry

Second Amendment Foundation Lauds Puerto Rico Court Victory For Gun Rights

Surprise Puerto Rico Gets Constitutional Carry
Surprise Puerto Rico Gets Constitutional Carry
Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA –-(Ammoland.com)- A surprising victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico has eliminated the firearms registry and licensing requirements to purchase and carry in the Commonwealth, the Second Amendment Foundation has confirmed.

As of now, according to Sandra Barreras with Ladies of the Second Amendment (LSA), the group that brought the lawsuit, “there is no regulation to purchase or carry (and) all purchases will be handled in accordance with federal firearms regulations.” LSA is affiliated with SAF through the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR).

The class-action lawsuit challenged various articles in Puerto Rico’s gun law, which the court declared unconstitutional. Because of the ruling, Barreras said, Puerto Ricans may now carry openly or concealed without a permit, and they do not need to obtain a permit before purchasing a firearm.

This was a class action lawsuit involving more than 850 individual plaintiffs, she reported to SAF offices. The news was greeted with delight, especially because in reaching its decision, the court cited the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases, and the recent ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia. Both the McDonald and Palmer cases were won by SAF.

“Cumbersome firearms regulations have never prevented criminals from getting their hands on guns,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “They have only inconvenienced law-abiding citizens, or deprived them outright from exercising their rights under the Second Amendment.”

Gottlieb said the lawsuit was brought in a Puerto Rican Commonwealth court, rather than a federal court. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and thus is subject to federal court jurisdiction.

“This case turned out better than anyone had really anticipated,” he commented. “We’re very pleased to have played an advisory role in this case, and if there is a government appeal, we’ll definitely be there with whatever support we can provide to our good friends in Puerto Rico.”

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    Ramon Rivera
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    Ramon Rivera

    a gun carry from Texas good in Puerto Rico.the law was pass that there is no permit needed in Puerto rico.i have a carry license from Texas that why I want to know. Thank for the information.

    Juan Gomez
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    Juan Gomez

    Why do everyone wants to keep surrending their sovernty to the federal government please The second anmendment does not give anyone a RIGHT BUT PREVENTS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FROM INTRUDING IN STATE LAW THERE ARE 53 CONSTITUTIONS FOR A REASON, THE SECOND ANMENDMENT DOES NOT APPLY TO THE STATES UNLESS THEY HAVE A MIRROR OF THE SAME, STOP KILLING OUR STATE SOVERNTY PLEASE. IF ANY YOU MUST SHUT DOWN ALL FEDERAL GUN LAWS AND THE ATF BECAUSE THOSE ARE ACTUALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND PROHIBITED BY THE CONSTITUTION

    ricardo shilishali
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    ricardo shilishali

    Thank god!!!! As a Puerto Rican (and American),I’ll now have the “privilege” to legally shoot my fellow man,just like an American!!!!.. I can’t wait…….

    Juan
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    Juan

    Really ricardo is this as far as your brain goes

    Josue Lugo
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    Josue Lugo

    I feel you Ricardo same here. Can’t wait to travel home now.

    Marc Rivera
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    Marc Rivera

    This have not made the news and no one is talking about it in PR, at least I have not heard it anywhere, but here. I hope is true, since gun shops and lawyers were taking in $1,000 plus for licenses for gun permits and to have a carry permit is almost an act of Congress to get it.

    Antonio J Davila
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    Antonio J Davila

    As A American Citizen I Have the right to own guns and I am protected by the constitution of the United States! ! ! ! ! !

    Bob Shell
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    Bob Shell

    A real surprise. Now when are some of these so called gun rights states wake up and pass those laws.

    Mike
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    Mike

    This is not true, the case has been appealed by the State and they still have not made a final decision. The old law is still in full effect and it is illegal to possess or carry without the expensive licenses.

    Jesse
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    Jesse

    Hey Mike, are you a cop? Because even though I was state police, I couldn’t be happier. The goverment can go up to the Supreme Court and the decision will prevail. We’ll be an example for other states and countries. We had the most restrictive gun law of the U.S.A, but we have one of the highest criminal incidence, and the most profitable black market gun trafficking businesses. Does it make sense? No state or commonwealth law is above the constitution, my fellow citizen. So, a llorar pal’ río .

    sonia cabrera
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    sonia cabrera

    To my fellow Latinas, MIL GRACIAS!!! THANK YOU For fighting for the second amendment. Like the strong Pitirre that we are, we will aggressively defend our territory against intruders, and our rights! Wepa!!!

    heidi
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    heidi

    Hi!
    I live in Miami. I have a house in Yabucoa, PR R and my intent is to bring my new gun to Puerto Rico. I have a once al weapon licence. Can I bring my weapon to Puerto Rico with me the next time I travel to PR. What is the PROCEDURE??

    Hector
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    Hector

    Legally you can travel with your gun anywhere by plane, all it has to be is unloaded, in its box with lock and you declare it at the airport. You go to the counter and let them know you will be checking in a weapon today, they eill ensure you have a container, lick and no rounds, you sign a form which hoes into the container and that’s it.

    Mike
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    Mike

    You left out a critical part. The judge suspended his ruling for 60 fays to give the commonwealth time to appeal it. It is likely that the State Supreme Court will overturn it. So hold the happiness. Nothing has changed.

    Mike
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    Mike

    60 days. Sorry for the typo.

    Juan Luis Valentin
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    Juan Luis Valentin

    Good news for Puerto Rico, Success.

    durabo
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    durabo

    Will PR recognize CCW reciprocity?

    Joey
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    Joey

    Thank you all for your support.

    USMCRET1
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    USMCRET1

    That’s good news! But what are applicable laws regarding non residents of P.R.?

    Jorge
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    Jorge

    PR currently has no reciprocity unfortunately

    mac
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    mac

    Jorge,
    If there is no requirement for permits, why would you need reciprocity?

    Darren
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    Darren

    ¡Felicidades boriquas! This will be an interesting experiment. PR is very high crime compared to the US. If things go well it will be a big blow to gun rights haters.

    Usmcguy
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    Usmcguy

    Gee, now Hawaii really looks like a 3rd world joint
    , mandatory registration of all firearms, permit to acquire for each handgun (2 week waiting period), no open carry, no CCW, transport of a loose shotgun shell in your truck, get stopped for speeding- class d felony.

    TEX
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    TEX

    Who would had thunk it ! Congratulations to PR !

    durabo
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    durabo

    FINALLY ‘Ricans can shoot back! Maybe I’ll go visit after all. I hope they practice CCW reciprocity.

    Danny Griffin
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    Danny Griffin

    It’s Constitutional Carry, why would they need CCW reciprocity?

    Rafael
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    Rafael

    Big Yes , to Puerto Rico the second amendment is a right not a privilege