Purchasing a shotgun as a non-resident

Hello, I will be coming down to the SJDS area for a few months to determine if I want to move my family down there. It will be just my GF and I.

I would like to purchase one or two shotguns for home defense. Can I do this as a non-resident?

Is it better to purchase in Managua or SJDS?

I have a pump shotgun here in the states, but would it be trouble to bring down.


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Not allow

As a non resident anyone is allow to purchase guns. Is mandatory to be resident. To find more information check: http://www.nicaliving.com/node/12944

Good luck

Paul Tiffer


What if he comes down here to go hunting and brought his shotgun to hunt with. Hunters fly with weapons as checked luggage all the time, but I don’t know about international hunting.

That excuse was already used by Ilich Ramírez Sánchez

a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal...

My mistake

As non resident, No one is allow to buy a gun.


I bought a 22 rifle in 2003 without a permit. In 2010 the local and part time cop came over and confiscated it when I was out of the country. Now my caretaker is the one who has the necessary permit.

Paul, double check your answer

You mean "As a non resident you are NOT allowed to purchase (own, possess, carry) guns.

(I see you qualify it in the next sentence)


Hello Juanno, I make a mistake in the first part of my comment, and I just realized today!

I also appreciate your last comment in the article regarding the exit visa!

Best Regards



I think you should reconsider the need to arm yourself there must be a better way to live then the need to use a gun

Check Out

the Dap Loi post.

I don't know about the double perimeter fence, sounds expensive, but a Dap Loi here, a Dap Loi there :)

Just kidding, people!

What business are you in?

No, you don't have to answer that but some Nicaraguan authority may ask it and you may want to take that into consideration.

You are telling us that you and your girlfriend are going to come down here for a few months to check it out yet you are posting about buying a $50,000 car and two shotguns. In a country where the median income per year is probably around the local cost of the two shotguns, you are going to stand out a lot.

The questions I'm asking

The questions I'm asking here are all just research. Since I couldn't find concise answers on the web, or on Nicaliving, I decided to ask these questions to a group of knowledgeable people. I'm extremely appreciative of the responses that I have received as they have given me (and others) practical answers.

With regards to the 4x4, I never said I was going to buy new or used. I'm doing research and trying to find the optimal solution to a need that I have.

With regards to the shotgun, I feel that it makes sense to have a weapon of self defense in your home. I have had a shotgun in all of 5 states I have lived in the USA, I have had one as I traveled the US in a trailer, and I would like to have some type of defensive weapon when I bring my family to a new country. Now that I, and hopefully others, are informed of the need for a residency card, I will pursue other options until I decide if I want to pursue a residency card.

Again I would like to Thank this community of users, since I have learned so much already. I'm sure I will have more questions in the future.

Nice response

Sometimes we can be a bit harsh and can also help you get around the red tape.

My belief is that in matters serious, such as firearms and/or stuff that can backfire and get you into trouble, we would all be less than helpful if we led you down the wrong path.

I have lived in the UK, Canada and here for 5 years. I have never owned a gun, anywhere. In fact I have only ever held one in my hand once (a Glock pistol).

In the five States and Trailer trip you had the shotgun, how many times were you in a situation where you thought about needing it or had to use it?

My theory is that having one sometimes puts people in a position that they would not have got themselves into had they not had one.

My theory is that having one sometimes puts people in a position

Yeah, like being in your house at O`dark:30 when somebody kicks the door in. Think those verjas are protection? 30 seconds with a prybar or 1 minute with a hacksaw blade will open up almost any burglar bars in town.

How often does one ``use`` an insurance policy, vis-a-vis how many times one pays for it? Responsible people are prepared to defend themselves and other innocent people in their care. A shotgun in the home is a dandy part of that picture. Beats the heck out of a kitchen knife or a can of Easy-Off.

Unfortuneatly, somebody here on a temporary visa is not eligible to get any hardware, so they will have to settle for a machete or, better yet, a sharp stick. Or seek out housing with guard service.

``The government is clearly Marxist. The question is whether it is Karl or Groucho``


about it, if a would be robber knows,the gringo/nica next doors has a fire weapon, they WILL think about it twice before they brake in to said home.

however,I always tell folks who want to or already have weapons at home. now that you have them: make certain you know how to and WILL use it,should the need EVER arise!!

My understanding is that you need a Residency Card

before you can have firearm certificate. As stated below on the Police Web site: http://www.policia.gob.ni/servi-daem.html

See # 2 in Phase 1 - Cedula of Residency if a foreigner.


Phase 1

1-Certificado de conducta para la Ley 510. 2-Fotocopia de cédula de identidad o cédula de residencia en caso de ser extranjero. 3-Debe ser mayor de 21 años. 4-Proforma del arma que va a adquirir. 5-Certificado de salud física y mental. 6-Certificado Judicial del lugar de residencia del solicitante. 7-Certificado de adiestramiento. 8-Entregar orden de pago del aval de C$ 50.00 córdobas.

Phase 2:

1-Certificado de  capacitación obtenido en centro autorizado por la DAEM. 2-Factura de compra del arma de fuego. 3-Presentar arma de fuego. 4-Arancel correspondiente de C$160.00 por el arma. 5-Arancel correspondiente de C$10.00 por formulario.

New or Used?

I have read that to purchase a new shotgun that you do need a residency card. Since I'm not a retiree or a investor, I think this might be hard for me to get

Is it the same to purchase a used shotgun from a private party? Same requirements?


The seller (if legal) is going to have to show who he sold it to and you (or a third party) will need a certificate to buy it, ergo a residency.

This maybe the "Wild West" but the Government, Police and Army want as fewer guns out there as possible.

My advice, for what it's worth, Do not give the authorities here any reason to cause you trouble.

Some have found that no reason, is reason enough. Illegal firearm possession would be creating a big crack in the door.

Here is a useful site (Its not a law site but based on it):


The law you need to study is Ley 510


Thank you all for the responses to my questions on the shotgun. Once we fully commit to living in Nica for more than a few months, I will begin the residency card process.

Until then, I would still like to have some type of defensive weapon that can incapacitate from a distance. The obvious answer to this is a taser. From reading other posts on NL it seems like a Taser isn't considered a firearm and requires no permit. Am I correct?

This might actually be a better solution as well for the long term, since I don't want to ever see the inside of a Nica prison cell, even for a legit self defense situation.

It would probably make sense to buy it here in the USA and check it in my luggage. Any issues I'm missing?

another weapon that can slip under the radar

of prying governments is a tactical flashlight. The light is so bright that if you shine it into the robbers eyes he won`t see anything for at least 5 minutes. Not perfect, just one more tool.

ditto on Piñolero`s comments--if you haven`t had ccw training or something in the states, you need to seek out whatever training you need to be willing and able to use a firearm for self defense.

``The government is clearly Marxist. The question is whether it is Karl or Groucho``

Kinda supports what I said, right?

Knowing how, having the balls and not thinking too long about pulling that trigger. If you can't do it, they will do it to you first.

In the last home invasion shooting here, the shooting victim's husband could not use the pistol in the drawer for fear of not being able to take out the two attackers and therefore making the situation worse. The security guard that showed up with his sidearm had two guns to his head in a nano second and was disarmed and beaten. Now they had one more gun and one more clip!!

The guard, wife and husband could all have been killed by the guards gun.

..."sometimes puts people in a position that they would not have got themselves into had they not had one"

In the first bad home invasion the guard was pistol whipped and disarmed. Another incident the offender shot the victim because he moved a bit too quick or it went off as a result of the nervous ladrones shaky hand. In yet another incident, the victims were overpowered and in immediate danger of being killed therefore had to give up any kind of fight.

In the "on the way to and from the beach attacks", the offenders don't seem to know or care what firepower you may have in the car. And to put a theory straight, they do have bullets in them guns as the lady coming from the beach found out when she gunned the rental car to get away and the car was hit by an AK47 round and a shotgun.

prepare for sticker shock

There are several hoops to jump thru to get a gun permit, including having your head shrunk at the local womens center, but I don`t think you will get anywhere with out residency.

Then the bad news-- a $180 shotgun at Walmart costs 500 bucks here. And ammo selection is crap. Your best bet might to be to hire an armed guard.

``The government is clearly Marxist. The question is whether it is Karl or Groucho``