UPDATE 11/7/16: Supreme Court in Puerto Rico upheld the appeal. Existing laws remain in place.
UPDATE 3/26/2016: It went before the appeals court and was overturned!
You may recall back in June 2015, that Puerto Rico was having its gun restrictions challenged: https://www.saf.org/saf-lauds-puerto-rico-court-victory-for-gun-rights/
I don’t speak Spanish, so I have no idea what’s going on exactly, except I’m guessing the news from June was appealed and without a preliminary injunction, the laws seem to remain unchanged. At least when it comes to the gun stores, I gather they are selling guns still under the old rules. If you want to verify, you can contact a gun store directly in Puerto Rico.
Yeah, I know it’s sad that I’m having to sleuth around like this, but I couldn’t find any decent Google results outside of the June articles!
Here are some news articles I found by checking out Facebook links for a Puerto Rican gun store you can use Google Translate to get some updates:
Much to plow in changes to the Firearms ActWith the court decision takes steps to countless questions about how will be the next steps and what citizens should do to complete the process of carrying arms
By Paola Guzman Arroyo spokesman – 4:04 a.m.
Editor’s Note: Part of the special report “Latent changes in Arms Act”, which covers the details related to the controversial law. Expected tomorrow the second part, where a smuggler reveals details of how guns move in the underworld
The determination of the Court to declare unconstitutional five articles of the Firearms Act, which govern the process to possess and carry firearms, are precisely not final or firm.
On the judge’s decision, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Security and Veterans of the Senate, Miguel Pereira said in an interview to the spokesman that the decision still does not give way to changes in the law.
“I think the judge exceeds his function declaring unconstitutional articles I am a judge of First Instance.We must understand what the true role of firearms, “said the president.
Pereira confessed he has no controversy with the Court’s assessment, but said that we must contemplate the consequences of having a gun and “if we in the name of security of our family will carry an element so incredibly dangerous.”
The order issued by the judge Lugo Anibal Irizarry determines that replacing the administrative process, all arms buyer follow the weapons registration process enacted in federal law through the Transaction Log Firearms carried out by the Bureau Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, for its acronym in English).
For his part, Secretary of the Department of Justice Cesar Miranda said that among the risks of declaring unconstitutional articles is the elimination of the minimum age of 21 to possess weapons and announced that requested a review of court last week.
Miranda said the judge proposed that the inquiry procedure that prevents addicts, habitual drunk, people with violent records and individuals with restraining orders against them, would be ineffective.
“It should be clear that the determination of the judge is final and binding, has no immediate effect and remains in force Law 404 of 2000 (Law on Firearms). Therefore, it is still a crime gun sales and possession and carrying duty without a license as required by law, “Miranda said in a written statement.
Rekindled the determination of the court, the coming changes will challenge the need to submit certification of criminal records and that can be achieved through the portal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) “National Crime Investigations Center”.
At the same time, there will have to be presented as other certificates of debt not the Treasury Department or the Child Support Administration (ASSUME) and as to the number of vouchers required for licensing.
The legal battle is wedged into thinking that carrying a gun is a fundamental right protected by the Second Amendment to the US Constitution and should not be heavily regulated.
For the owner of the armory AAA Gun Shop & Club, Victor Gonzalez, unsafe scene after the court’s determination only means that he will continue to fight for the determination of the judge Salinas prevail, as it understands that keep and bear arms is a fundamental right.
“Expectations are very high because the Department of Justice nor answered the demand at the time, but took into consideration. You ask for an appeal is when you ask the appeal and we will ask the Supreme certifying that they go and if we are going to nickname for the Supreme, “said Gonzalez.
Gonzalez claimed that the only beneficiaries of the high cost of the process of taking related to weapons that would prevail challenged the decision of the judicial forum permits are government pledge and not necessarily the person you want to ensure their own safety.
The duration of approval of the application may exceed five months. Puerto Rico Police issued 17,833 licenses for firearms possession in 2014.
Likewise, the spokesman for the organization of the Ladies of the Second Amendment, Sandra Barreras said the prevalence of amendments “represent equity.”
“We have our right to enjoy it as our brothers in the nation, we seek equal rights implementation” Barreras said in a written statement.
About people who say it’s dangerous, the vice president said that “just as dangerous are cars, are present only on the strength of a third inanimate objects. More dangerous are the criminals that haunt us to take our lives. ”
“The state I ask you to stop lying to the people. I do not know if the federal system do not know or who lie to people with any purpose to maintain a taboo against the law, “said Barreras.
“The federal system ATF is used in Puerto Rico since 1968, the same used by the police to verify the records of people and the same that use the armories to see if you can sell a gun to the person requesting” said the spokesman.
The association made a documentary to explain the amendments made by the court. See it here .
I couldn’t find any updates except on a Puerto Rican gun store’s page in Spanish, which if translated states:
Appeal of ELS (Class Action)
As expected the court today filed an appeal to the court’s decision declaring the law unconstitutional weapons. Then the document .
Here’s a link to the original document: https://www.bullseyegunshoppr.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Jonathan-Rodr%C3%ADguez-v.-ELA-Apelaci%C3%B3n.pdf
HORRIBLE ENGLISH TRANSLATION VIA GOOGLE TRANSLATE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zrikhzHFyooSeLeKEF5tt5GW1BhMXvhM2L_IrtRQHnk/edit?usp=sharing