Owning A Firearm Overseas

“Kathleen, are there any places in South America where a person can live cheap and get a job and be able to take and possess a firearm?”

–Jim U., United States

Bringing a firearm with you across international borders is always complicated and often impossible. It depends where you’re coming from and where you’re going to.

You must be a legal resident of a country (any country) to legally possess a firearm in that country. Panama, as an example, requires you to have permanent residency before you can own a firearm in this country. Permanent residency takes at least five years to acquire.

You aren’t going to get a job in another country easily either. Your best option could be to get a gig teaching English as a foreign language or to try to create some Internet-based livelihood for yourself.

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