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ASIG223
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Hello. I am currently looking into purchasing a condo on either St. Thomas or St. Croix. I am in the research phase and have been for awhile and I am planning on doing a trip down in the next few months to check things out. One area that concerns me is the gun laws. I work as an independent security consultant and firearms are a large part of my profession. I have done some research into gun laws on the islands but the specifics surrounding firearms for business purposes is harder to locate. I was wondering if anyone has any firsthand knowledge in this area, I would have a couple handguns, an AR-15, a shotgun and small .22 rifle. I would appreciate any first hand stories or if someone could point me in the right direction. Thank you.

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Topic starter Posted : March 1, 2021 4:01 am
speee1dy
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hello

im not sure about the specifics of carry conceal. i know there are limitations about who can carry conceal-the police department in Frederiksted will have the answers.

there is an application, you need references etc....

 

your guns will have to be send to the shooting range. you cant pick them up before you have our license. 

 

call some of the shooting ranges-the one on STX is i think DJ's 

 

Check out the VIYA phone book online for numbers. 

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Posted : March 1, 2021 11:14 am
vicanuck
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Yes, the police are much more concerned about residents and business owners having properly licensed firearms and extracting the fees than they are about the criminals and their weapons.

They make it extremely difficult to get the permits, but, it is possible.

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Posted : March 1, 2021 11:33 am
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Posted by: @speee1dy

hello

im not sure about the specifics of carry conceal. i know there are limitations about who can carry conceal-the police department in Frederiksted will have the answers.

there is an application, you need references etc....

 

your guns will have to be send to the shooting range. you cant pick them up before you have our license. 

 

call some of the shooting ranges-the one on STX is i think DJ's 

 

Check out the VIYA phone book online for numbers. 

Can i edit my spelling?

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Posted : March 1, 2021 3:53 pm
Exit Zero
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I had to do some research after reading the OP questions and arsenal. This was the most interesting:

 

America's rifle: Why so many people love the AR-15 (nbcnews.com)

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Posted : March 1, 2021 7:54 pm
ASIG223
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@speee1dy

Thanks for the info I'm going to check it out in the next few days and see whats up.

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Topic starter Posted : March 2, 2021 1:12 pm
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STTsailor
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I believe before you can apply for permit you need to establish residency in VI and have local references. When I moved from the mainland I had to give up my hand gun. In order to bring it here legally enormous hurdles were put in place and permits were expensive.

 You will also need a safe to store that arsenal. Cops will verify that u have one. 

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Posted : March 3, 2021 9:44 am
speee1dy
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Posted by: @STTsailor

I believe before you can apply for permit you need to establish residency in VI and have local references. When I moved from the mainland I had to give up my hand gun. In order to bring it here legally enormous hurdles were put in place and permits were expensive.

 You will also need a safe to store that arsenal. Cops will verify that u have one. 

Verify? they sure didnt come to the house to verify we have our safe 

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Posted : March 4, 2021 8:07 am
vicanuck
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@speee1dy

 

Verify...I thought that was humorous!

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Posted : March 5, 2021 8:03 am
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speee1dy
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@vicanucklol, right 

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Posted : March 5, 2021 8:07 am
STTsailor
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That is what they told me when I inquired 6 years ago. In practice it was probably an empty promise. They hardly know how to wipe their own asses. Enforcement requires more finess. I’m way more cynical now since I landed here 6 years ago.

On the other hand it would seem prudent to store guns in the safe. In case it’s AR-15 the safe maybe sizable and not to easy to obtain. Home invasion for the purpose of garnishing high power military assault rifle seems quite probable here. If it comes to zombie invasion bazooka is indispensable. 

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Posted : March 5, 2021 8:45 am
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Exit Zero
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Saw this advertisement   *** Startime Firearms

 

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Posted : March 6, 2021 12:23 am
ICatchBadGuys
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Posted by: @asig223

Hello. I am currently looking into purchasing a condo on either St. Thomas or St. Croix. I am in the research phase and have been for awhile and I am planning on doing a trip down in the next few months to check things out. One area that concerns me is the gun laws. I work as an independent security consultant and firearms are a large part of my profession. I have done some research into gun laws on the islands but the specifics surrounding firearms for business purposes is harder to locate. I was wondering if anyone has any firsthand knowledge in this area, I would have a couple handguns, an AR-15, a shotgun and small .22 rifle. I would appreciate any first hand stories or if someone could point me in the right direction. Thank you.

You don't happen to be a retired LEO, are you? I'm in the same business but am also a current LEO and plan on keeping my guns if I move to STX in retirement. The USVI will issue you a "pink license" in a heartbeat if you're retired LEO. You can obtain firearms for "work purposes" if you pass the background check and can express a "need" in your application. You may have to surrender your guns to the USVI police until approved or import them after you become a resident and have them imported. Check with the local cops for guidance. They have a "Firearms Bureau", I think. Here are the permit types: 

  • Blue, Business Protection
  • Yellow, Home protection and handguns only
  • Gray, farming and long guns only
  • White, all active law enforcement
  • Pink, current and retired law enforcement, personal protection, and special circumstances
  • Green, target shooting, sports use and home protection

 

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Posted : March 14, 2021 6:08 pm
Stxdreaming1
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@icatchbadguys

Do you by any chance have any info regarding Puerto Rico? I'm relocating there and trying to figure out my CCW's.

Google is telling me the new Act 168 came into effect Jan 1st which allows CCW's from multiple states...but then I researched out to someone there who told me different.

Who is right?

For what it's worth I'm also former law enforcement but from Europe.

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Posted : March 15, 2021 9:41 pm
ICatchBadGuys
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@stxdreaming1 Hey there! My understanding is the law was passed in PR but it's in a holding pattern because the government there has to issue an MOU for reciprocity from other states and to establish licensing parameters under the law. It should happen this year. PR is a "shall issue" territory. Meaning, if you apply and you qualify, they have to issue you the required Weapons License to possess and carry firearms in PR. And non-residents can be issued a concealed carry permit. You'll just need to wait until they get the MOU in place. 

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Posted : March 15, 2021 9:58 pm
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