Puerto Rico

I saw this tweet stating that

Puerto Rico has the toughest gun laws of any US state or territory and it also has gun murder rates 3 times that of the main land.

Oh, yeah? Well, let’s just see about that. The following includes links from both Wikipedia as well as Infogalactic. And anything else I thought might be of interest.

So, about those laws. Well, both sites have a very odd table table giving very little info, but the Wiki site includes this paragraph:

Individuals who wish to purchase a firearm to keep at home must be 21 years or older, be a US citizen or legal resident of Puerto Rico, never have renounced US citizenship, not be under a restraining order, submit a notarized application, three character references from individuals who are not close relatives of the applicant, proof of non-delinquency in child support payments, fingerprints, photographs, and pay a $100 fee. The license holder is limited to possessing two firearms (there is an exception for firearms acquired through inheritance), purchasing up to 50 bullets per year per firearm possessed, and may only purchase ammunition of the firearms’ caliber. If any of the bullets are used or lost, police authorization is required in order to replenish them. After the license is granted, the police are authorized to “passively, without disturbing the peace and tranquility of the individual under investigation or violating the privacy of the home”[7] continue investigating the license holder to ensure that no false information was provided by the applicant during the application process. The license must be renewed every five years by submitting a sworn statement and paying a $100 fee.

And about crime. Well, there’s one for crime in Puerto Rico. And one about crime and violence in Latin America. There’s also this blog post which seems to indicate some improvement in the crime rate, but actually show that crime in PR can hardly get worse:

The FBI recently published their annual report on crime in the United States. This report gives the crime rate for the nation as a whole and for each state and some territories. In the United States as a whole, there were in 2013 4.5 murders for every 100,000 people. This was an improvement over the previous year of 5.2%.

In Puerto Rico, the rate was 24.4 per 100,000, a rate more than twice as high as in any state.

And there’s this too. When a newspaper from Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, is impressed with a murder rate, it must be bad. It is:

Thirty-two people have been slain in Puerto Rico in the first 11 days of [2018], double the number killed over the same period in 2017.


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