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Tuesday, June 25 2019 @ 11:36 PM UTC

Non-Lethal Personal Security Devices in Panama

Safety & Security Compared to many parts of the United States it's relatively easy to obtain a permit to legally carry a handgun in Panama. From personal experience I know that carrying a handgun for self defense is usually a bad idea, especially in a foreign country and I strongly suggest you think twice before you go that route. If you produce the weapon and draw a bead your next decision might include taking another human life. There are, however, viable alternatives. I've been carrying a stun gun in my car for about six years and it's come in handy on several occasions, usually against people who are very excited, drunks, in some kind of a road-rage, or doing drugs. Stun guns "deliver a powerful non-lethal electrical current that shocks and stuns any would be assailant, allowing the user to escape." My personal favorite is the Panther which delivers 400,000 volts of lovin' on demand and catches the attention of even the most gassed-up crackhead. As I recently learned, when used correctly and in self-defense, stun guns (including my trusty Panther) are perfectly legal in the Republic of Panama. A nice combination for your car is pepper spray, a stun gun, a hefty stick, and a pair of handcuffs. I threw the hancuffs in just for kinks (err, I mean kicks...)

"Republic of Panama, Arraijan, Vista Allegre - Act of Delivery: At 1:14 pm, today, 2 April 2007, and after having evaluated a personal protection instrument which is incapable of taking human life and which is accompanied by its purchase documents; the said instrument is delivered in perfect condition to its legitimate owner Donald Winner with cedula (snip) who accepts delivery."

So, the lesson learned is this: If you find yourself backed into a corner and forced to brandish a stun gun in self defense, the authorities might confiscate it while they sort things out but eventually it will be returned. Now you have to learn how to say "...get back or I'll light you up like a Christmas tree..." in Spanish. Works every time. Be safe out there.

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