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[BREAKING] Court Victory Gives Puerto Rico Permitless Concealed Carry And Open Carry


According to the Second Amendment Foundation, a recent court victory gives Puerto Rico residents the ability to open carry and concealed carry without a permit.

The class action lawsuit has apparently blown everyone’s expectations out of the water. In the lawsuit, it challenged Puerto Rico gun law, some of which the court ruled unconstitutional.

As of now, it seems that no regulations are in place to stop anyone on the island from carrying a firearm, permit or not.

In addition, the ruling abolished the gun registry, as well as the need to have a permit to purchase a firearm.

Read the full news story below from SAF:

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BELLEVUE, WA – A surprising victory for gun rights in Puerto Rico has eliminated the firearms registry and licensing requirements to purchase and carry in the Commonwealth, the Second Amendment Foundation has confirmed.

As of now, according to Sandra Barreras with Ladies of the Second Amendment (LSA), the group that brought the lawsuit, “there is no regulation to purchase or carry (and) all purchases will be handled in accordance with federal firearms regulations.” LSA is affiliated with SAF through the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR).


The class-action lawsuit challenged various articles in Puerto Rico’s gun law, which the court declared unconstitutional. Because of the ruling, Barreras said, Puerto Ricans may now carry openly or concealed without a permit, and they do not need to obtain a permit before purchasing a firearm.

This was a class action lawsuit involving more than 850 individual plaintiffs, she reported to SAF offices. The news was greeted with delight, especially because in reaching its decision, the court cited the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases, and the recent ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia. Both the McDonald and Palmer cases were won by SAF.

“Cumbersome firearms regulations have never prevented criminals from getting their hands on guns,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “They have only inconvenienced law-abiding citizens, or deprived them outright from exercising their rights under the Second Amendment.”

Gottlieb said the lawsuit was brought in a Puerto Rican Commonwealth court, rather than a federal court. Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and thus is subject to federal court jurisdiction.

“This case turned out better than anyone had really anticipated,” he commented. “We’re very pleased to have played an advisory role in this case, and if there is a government appeal, we’ll definitely be there with whatever support we can provide to our good friends in Puerto Rico.”

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  • Luis E Torres Brignoni

    The government has already announced that seek a reconsideration of the decision. Also if the judge doesn’t reconsider there will be an immediate appeal.

    • grendal113

      See, an unconstitutional government pushing unconstitutional regulations. …

  • Elias Rachid

    This is good news. Maine, which has always recognized the right to open carry, recently passed LD652 (“concealed carry without a permit”) in both chambers, though it is awaiting amendments and the governor’s signature. A similar bill passed in New Hampshire, but their Massachusetts-liberal governor will probably veto it. If this ruling stands, that will make 7 states plus the Commonwealth of PR to allow concealed carry without a permit.

    None of these states has seen any increase in gun violence. Some have seen a decrease. Vermont, which has always allowed concealed and open carry without a permit, has the lowest violent crime rate in the US (and lower than most “civilized” nations to which Obama refers). Maine is a close second to Vermont. Ergo, lots of guns in lots of hands and no restrictions on carry does NOT mean the streets running red with blood.

    Stand firm, Puerto Ricans!

  • kevin777

    Congrats Puerto Rico. Glad to see the good people of that island regaining their rights.

  • With are a USA citizen and, as a country under the federal jurisdiction, with have the right to have guns without a permission of the state. I will exercise my right…

  • EdgarBerrios

    Finally, we arrived at the promised land. And now we all to hold the good fight to prevent the enemies of the free man from trample our constitutional rigth protected on the Second Ammendment. God bless America.

  • Kenneth Rogers

    This is cute. Statehood next? Be true Americans.

    • Alwin

      We are fighting for it but, it’s literally out of our hands only congress has the power to let us become a state

      • Juan Romero

        Why?? We will lose our cultural identity.

        • Tabuki Jones

          This is the most ridiculous assumption ever perpetuated on our island. You don’t lose your identity when you become something bigger, you safeguard it more than ever, you keep it within you, because that is what you are. Its a shame people down here have been feeding off this ignorance.

          • Luis Hernandez

            Tell that to Native Hawaiians who are now a minority in their own lands.

          • MagnusRufus

            That’s because they started the fight against the American sugar plantation owners, they tried to get all xenophobic but the marines weren’t having it, moral of the story is if your culture was superior you wouldn’t have lost, now it has been assimilated into the wonderful melting pot that is Americana, we got leis and Hawaiian shirts snd surfing and hula dancers are all now immortalized parts of American canon, the best parts of their culture were absorbed to make the bigger one even greater while the parts that nobody really liked fade away, just like the saying the Romans may have conquered the Greeks but Greece conquered Rome, same concept here, just to a lesser extent but the Hawaiians didn’t exactly found a hemispheres civilization, so the point is some of your culture will be lost but if your culture is so great then why is it getting replaced by a different one rather than the other way around like Greece and Rome??

        • DoctorWho

          I agree, cultural identity is too important to lose, as a Hispanic with many relatives throughout Latin America, including the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, I am tired of Anglos hawking English-speaking culture only , as if Aglo culture trumps everything the World over not Anglos.

          • MagnusRufus

            Honey baby culture is far and away the most over rated man made contrivance yet, the whole point of civilization is the betterment of mankind as a whole, nowadays all the things that aided in that back in the days of yore, culture, religion, governments, all just getting in the way of our true potential as a species, if people weren’t fighting over and concerned with all this made up bullshit we’d be colonizing planets by now

    • Jose Roman

      We have been true Americans since 1917 Kenneth Rogers my great-grandfather fought in ww1, my grandfather in ww2 and my father in vietnam….

      • Alex M. Vélez

        But no Puerto Rican(born in P.R.) can vote nor run for President

        • WRONG Alex.. Born in Puerto Rico and then move to s state? yes you can vote.. My wife was born on the island but moved at 14 and votes every year with me for local elections and every 4 for president.. please learn Jose thank you to your ancestors for there time and service

          • Alex M. Vélez

            I was talking about people in the island and not island born Puerto Ricans that have moved to the states(like i did 13 years ago)

          • LUIS HERNANDEZ

            Well, I am island born and while you reside in the mainland nobody question your right to vote.

          • Alex M. Vélez

            I was talking more about current Puerto Rico residents and state residents

        • Rafael M. Casalduc

          You can run for president if you were born in Puedo Rico. All you need is to be a natural born citizen. Ted Cruz was born in Alaska from an American mother and is running for president. You can’t become a president if you were naturalized. Puertorricans are natural born citizens.

    • Luis Hernandez

      Puerto Rico has more chance of becoming a state as Sarah Palin has in becoming a member of MENSA or Paul Ryan winning the Nobel Prize in Economics.

  • pallytime

    What is this, I don’t even. How’d this… However this managed to get accomplished can they please share with the rest of us? This is amazing!

  • Mayaquez

    Excellent news

  • Carlos Lopez

    finally i can travel to P.R with my concealed firearm

    • Harold Hernandez

      Hi Carlos, I need to admit that I didn’t read the whole article as I feel skeptical, so I jumped straight to reall ppl comments. Do you mean that if you have ccw in the US you can ccw in PR? I’m from FL and planning to travel to the island very soon.

  • David

    The only sad part is that the government itself (Puerto Rico State Justice Department) told the judges; that even they have to obey the law, but they will not going to obey this order until the supreme court take a final decision because they think is not right. Meanwhile law obedient citizens can not use their full right because the government is acting against their own law. Where have anyone have seen a state going against their own decisions and against the constitution.

  • Puerto Rico is a perfect example of how strict gun laws only make a defenseless class out of law-abiding citizens and lets the criminal class rule as they please. Murder and robbery run rampant.
    Maybe one day after the criminal class gets culled a bit the people of Puerto Rico won’t have to live like prisoners in their own homes- be able to take down all the bars that cover every window and door.

  • lisalake

    Everyone needs a gun in PR. It’s a cesspool of violence there.

  • LastinLine 2

    Yeah Neighbors. Well done Puerto Rico.