The quiet disarmament of the Uruguayan people

Posted: May 9, 2013 in News, Stupidity
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Since the new director was appointed to the SMA (Uruguay’s Servicio de Material y Armamiento), all manner of delays and holdups have taken hold. Chiefly, lockdowns on importation of new ammunition from abroad, and now major delays in processing of the Carne Coleccionista, which permits sportsmen, collectors, and enthusiasts to own larger caliber firearms and their accompanying ammunition. Normally, all Carne Coleccionista permits must be renewed annually before March 31st, a process which is done through agents in firearm dealerships or directly at the SMA office in Montevideo. However, since the 2013 renewals have gone in, few have come back out, effectively rendering those unprocessed renewals expired and technically making the ownership, use, sale, and importation of said higher-caliber firearms illegal despite any previous permitting.

Whether the delays are on purpose or simply par-for-the-course Uruguayan bureaucratic ineptitude remains to be seen, but the results are nonetheless unsettling.

To make matters worse, reloading supplies have all but dried up in Uruguay, and their traditional backup supplier, Argentina. I was recently quoted $6 per shot to reload .303 British rounds, after waiting over a year for the quote, as the materials had to be found first.

  1. Dave says:

    What about in Chile?

    • Expat Bob says:

      I don’t know yet; I haven’t gone through the process to get a gun permit.

      • Dave says:

        I just got my temporary residency permit in Chile and haven’t gone through the process yet either. I’m not even sure my temp permit is sufficient. I would think they’d only give them to permanent residents anyway, but who knows.

  2. JGM says:

    Besides gun control what do you see developing with Agenda 21? The socialist takeover has taken hold in nearly every major city in the world.
    My goal of leaving the US matrix and the northern hemisphere will likely only buy me time. Please tell me it’s worth the effort to relocate.

    • Expat Bob says:

      At the present moment, wrestling with morons for my second passport (which I have earned), it appears to be tipping towards the “no, it’s not worth it” decision to relocate. Not to Uruguay at any rate. However, don’t underestimate the $90k FEIE (Foreign Earned Income Exemption) which, if properly played, can allow you to save up for a financial citizenship program in the same time it would take you to earn one the hard way in most places. So… living abroad can be worth it, just not in certain places.
      My tune may change if I ever get my Uruguayan passport, and maybe again in 3 years if/when I get my Paraguayan one.
      And always have you Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D ready to roll.

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