Written and Revised by Sara Chaca, Attorney – Abogada
December 19th, 2019
Many an Expat, whether contemplating their move to Ecuador or already residing here, has pondered whether or not they can (or should) bring or buy any type instruments that for means of self defense (hopefully for that only and not ever needing to be employed in any situation) can be used as a weapon, God forbid a situation is/was ever to arise that necessitates such an action in lieu of relegating oneself to inaction for purposes of preserving life and limb, in the highly undesirable case of any attempted home invasion, mugging, robbery, etc.
As such, this article shall explain in detail what the ability of a foreigner Resident (just like that of any Ecuadorian Citizen) is to own, carry, display and/or use the most common types of weapons that one might reasonably conceive of having on, near or readily accessible to their own person, should the unthinkable ever occur while otherwise going about and enjoying their daily life here in Ecuador.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POSSESSION OF GUNS
Firstly, we need to define two concepts and be very clear about each one, as follows:
For either of the above referenced two types of gun permits, one can only possess guns of up to 38 Caliber (0.38).
As well, for either of the above referenced two types of gun permits, one can have up to a maximum of 2 guns per person (licensee), as long as it can be justified for the person to own a second gun.
To obtain the permit for the Possession of Guns, which of the two above type gun permits is the only the one allowed for ordinary Residents of Ecuador and/or Ecuadorian Citizens, one needs to visit two Ecuadorian public institutions:
Here you will have to obtain the “AFIS Certificate”, which stands for Automated Fingerprint Identification System (www.policiaecuador.gob.ec)
Requirements for the AFIS Certificate:
Approximate Time of the Process: 2 hours
Government Fees: $5.00 for Blood type card issued by the Ecuadorian Red Cross
Expiration Date for Renewal Purposes: 5 years, but 2 years for Temporary Residents
The first step is to enter your information in the Arms Control Web Page (https://controlarmas.ccffaa.mil.ec/#), and they will provide you a USERNAME that is generally your Ecuadorian Cedula number, plus a PASSWORD will be registered as well, and this information will be sent to your email and registered on their system.
Time of the process (waiting period): 30 to 60 days
Government Fees: $20
Expiration Date for Renewal Purposes: 5 years
OTHER TYPE WEAPONS (APART FROM GUNS/MUNITIONS)
In conclusion per the use of unregulated or uncontrolled weapons, the Ecuadorian Penal Code warns that the concept of self-defense exists when a “person acts in defense of a right – that being his/her own or others”, but only when three requirements are met, which are stated as follows:
Per the above explanation of the differing laws related to the various type arms available to be brought to or obtained in Ecuador, it should be clear that the subject of weapons in Ecuador isn’t such a simple concept, afterthought or any laughing matter, and thus should only be considered with a well reflected plan per one’s ownership, use and storing of any such personal accoutrements intended for self defense, and not with a proverbial grain of salt. Finally, always make sure to take into account the benefits, risks and overall value(s) of keeping any type of weapon at your side or within arm’s reach, so that you will never be accepting or inviting any undue risk(s) to yourself, your family, friends and/or other innocent persons in or around your own person or home, whether anticipated or unanticipated, no matter the circumstances at hand.
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