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    safety and self defence on the island

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    I'm coming down with my wife in a few weeks and have read several posts here and on other sites about robbery and the occasional violent mugging. Ya, I know, we have the same thing in virtually every city in the USA...BUT here people can have guns in their homes to defend themselves and wives who might otherwise be considered an easy target, can feel generally safe at home. I’m guessing we as non-citizens wouldn’t have this option on SXM.

    What are the laws about guns, mace, stun-guns, and that sort of thing? I’d like to be able to have the same piece of mind I have here on SXM, rather than have to sit at school and worrying about my wife’s safety, as I try to memorize the ‘sweat science’ of biochem... Anyone have any ideas on the matter?

    Thanks.

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    Good Question!

    I had meant to try to look into this earlier. I'm sure my wife fully intends to carry her "pocket knife" with her. Just a little 3" folding Spyderco I bought her for her birthday one year. However, if employment means the possibility of being alone at night, I would feel much better if she was able to arm herself with a cute little 9mm.

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    NO guns

    Don't get caught with one.

    I haven't been able to find out anything about the true legalities of anything else. Essentially, I think they want us to lay down and let people steal from us, they know the money is going back into their economy if it's spent by us or the thieves.

    I have in the last 2 weeks, seen one robbery at gunpoint in broad daylight in a busy street, and had a friend's wife get robbed at gunpoint at 2AM in a bad area of the island.

    Off-season, crime is on the rise, watch out for yourselves, folks.

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    Defense

    Same rules basically apply. Don't go places alone at night, stay away from dark alleys etc. Most crime in my experience has been theft. Everyone that I know who has been mugged was walking alone in a dark alley..... I wouldn't think about a gun. You get caught you will likely end up expelled, or worse in a Dutch prison on SXM. You can't buy a gun there legally, and just try to get one on a plane... G
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    Info

    Thanks for the info guys. For non-firearms, I guess that checking with the local law enforcement when we get there is the easiest way to go.

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    Ummmm.....

    ....I thought about this, but after reading *****'s previous posts about you being liable for any harm inflicted on your assailant/mugger/robber, etc... I left my Glock .40, Sig P229, and AK-47 at home (seriously) and brought down some non-lethal (read: big stick) alternatives. My wife still has a spyderco folder, tho! Remember you are a visitor to this beautiful island and cannot expect American values/laws/etc... to apply, nor should you expect/force them on others. I've been here for about three days, and it is slightly different than what I am used to as an islander, but as stated before ad nauseum, be aware of your surroundings, don't attract any overt attention to yourself, travel in numbers at night (especially in areas you're not familliar with) and you should be fine. If I do get mugged/robbed/etc., I'll post my experiences here.... BTW, do they have Carribserve in jail?


    Aloha,

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    Ummmm.....

    Quote Originally Posted by anencephalic
    I left my Glock .40, Sig P229, and AK-47 at home
    You sure you're not from the South? 8) A man after my own heart, truly...

    I had a sweet S&W SW99 in .40, the same gun in the new James Bond films. Pierce Brosnan uses the identical Walther version (P99) in 9MM, but it is still a sweet gun, designed by the same people who designed the Glock. It has many of the same features, polymer frame, multiple internal safeties (<--------doesn't that word look misspelled???), etc. The main differences are aesthetics (much nicer looking and feeling weapon), multiple backstraps of different sizes for comfortable grip, a slide-mounted decocker, and protruding rear firing pin, so you can simply feel while it's still in your holster if it's cocked or not. Man.... can you tell I loved my gun? Oh, yeah, it also had a slightly protruding red mark on the right side of the slide when a round was loaded in the chamber, another little convenient safety feature. Just waiting now for them to make it in a .45

    I've always been a big fan of the 1911....

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    Ummmm.....

    Quote Originally Posted by tRmedic21
    Quote Originally Posted by anencephalic
    I left my Glock .40, Sig P229, and AK-47 at home
    You sure you're not from the South? 8) A man after my own heart, truly...
    Dude! No way...but my wife keeps telling me I need to see "Deliverance"...Squeal like a pig!!!

    Aloha,

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    Ummmm.....

    Quote Originally Posted by anencephalic
    Squeal like a pig!!!

    Aloha,
    Not that far South!

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    Yeah

    I had a friend on the island who brought his AK-47 (full auto) and his .45...one of the Para-Ordanance wide handled ones the carried something like 15 rounds. He was a little nuts, but I liked him. On a lighter note, the assault weapons ban will likley not be renewed. It is a great time to buy a post-ban weapon for cheap (relatively) and put a bunch of pre-ban parts on it...I'm gonna do that with one of my AR-15's. Anyway, just get a decent bat...wood is better in my opinion. G
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