Nov 30, 1919, 12:00 AM
Post #6 of 24
Jean,<p>You seem to be constantly portraying a negative image about everything in Mexico (I am the first to admit that we have many things that have to be improved, but so does every other country in the world). Many times you do so without supporting your statements with evidence. It is only your personal belief or point of view, which lately has been wrong most of the time. I will be very specific to what I am pointing out:<p># 1
"You could be delayed for hours if not days as they check out your permit. Or they could just decide to turn you away. They do not need reason or logic. That does not exist here. They could also arrest you while they check you out."<p>Regarding this statement, every year many hunters from the US and Canada come to Mexico to hunt, and if they do everything properly, they have absolutely no problem at all. You even say that people could get arrested. Obviously you know nothing about coming to Mexico to hunt. I do, I am a hunter, and I have known many foreigners who come hunting here.
"Your best bet is to probably leave the firearms at home and buy new ones here with a permit from the local police."
In Mexico the law allows every citizen to own up to three arms (what is prohibited, is to carry them) but you have to fulfill the following requirements: you cannot own any handgun of a caliber larger than 38. You cannot own automatic rifles, only semi-automatic hunting rifles and shotguns . You cannot own more than 50 shells or bullets for each arm. You have to register the arms before the SEDENA (Mexican Army), the police has nothing to do with permits or licenses regarding guns.
"Even with that you could still have problems. God help you if someone gets shot down here where you live. As a gun permit holder you could become suspect and it's not like they have high technology to decide what gun it came from."<p>It is not true that every gun permit holder in Mexico could become a suspect when somebody gets shot where they live just for being a gun permit holder. You don't need high technology to determine what gun fired a certain bullet. It is a routine procedure at every police laboratory in Mexico since a long time ago.
"The whole thing if fraught with dangers for you, your family and your possessions."<p>Because of your lack of knowledge on the matter, you are just projecting your baseless fears. Tell that to an experienced hunter who has come to Mexico, and the least he will do is laugh.
"Then you have the hunting problem. You're going to go off in the country side and hunt and as neighbors hear gunshots, it's going to be a little unsettling. Expect a visit from the local police, who once again may accept your permit and then again may not."<p>Again lack of knowledge on the matter you are giving information and advise. In Mexico, as in every other coutry, hunting is regulated. You are given license to hunt only in certain areas (called UMAS) and certain animals. You don't go off in the country by yourself, you are in company of a guide from the UMA in which you are authorized to hunt. Every hunter knows that and never goes off by himself in somebody's property and with no authorization. The hunting areas are not close to populated areas, for obvious reasons.
"It's not like Canada, with trained police officers. You will be at the mercy of the local police and you will be seen as a gringo with money to help with their "police fund"."<p>Again, the "victim gringo" and the corrupt Mexican stereotype. Tell that to people who frequently come to Mexico to hunt.
"Personally, I would say, if you're a hunter, Mexico is not the place for you. I shudder to think of the different scenarios that could happen to you"<p>Lack of knowledge again, Mexico is one of the favorite places for hunters from all over the world, mostly Americans and Canadians. So, don't 'shudder', but become informed instead. Check the link below, for information regarding hunting in Mexico.
-------------<p>I really don't understand how can you be criticizing Lucy for misinforming people on these forums when you do exactly the same and even worse because you take every chance to portray a negative image of Mexico and Mexicans. There are many things that are wrong in this country and have to be corrected. But I know the difference between reality and misconception Jean. I respectfully ask you to admit that you are wrong in this case.<p>Respectfully<p>JB