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Old 31-12-2018, 21:34   #1
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Question re: guns on board in Bahamas

Planning to cross in May, clearing customs at West End. Fully understand the need to declare all firearms and ammunition, and intend to comply. Second night, we plan to anchor at Great Sale. So this is my concern...we're anchored, it's late and quite dark. We hear a boat approaching and so retrieve one or more of the weapons to have at the ready. Approaching vessel turns out to be Bahamian Defense Force, and they want to board. So now I have weapons that are properly declared, but which are not at that moment, in a "locked compartment." How much trouble am I in?
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You are in deep ****. They don't play with stuff like this.
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5 minutes into the new year and a gun thread already.
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.......... How much trouble am I in?
A shipload....
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Long time ago one of our American cousins visited our fair country and somehow word got out (maybe beer talk) about an undeclared firearm on board. Next day they got a visit and the owner spent the next 6 months in a cell waiting for his court date. He was then sent home with a "never to return" order.

His boat was confiscated as it had been used to transport illegal weapons and it was later sold at auction.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, z28jimi.
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I'll be following this thread, but I think anyone trying to circumvent the rules of another country by not declaring or not properly storing a long gun such as a shotgun aboard a vessel..... really doesn't have my sympathy when they get into trouble. When you're in another country, you need to abide by their rules or be willing to pay or serve the consequences..

Second thought on the original post: If you're that concerned about approaching boats in foreign countries, cruising might not be the best life choice for you. Most of the time, the fast approaching boats are manned by officials with 50 caliber automatic weapons onboard checking out the newcomers.
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Planning to cross in May, clearing customs at West End. Fully understand the need to declare all firearms and ammunition, and intend to comply. Second night, we plan to anchor at Great Sale. So this is my concern...we're anchored, it's late and quite dark. We hear a boat approaching and so retrieve one or more of the weapons to have at the ready. Approaching vessel turns out to be Bahamian Defense Force, and they want to board. So now I have weapons that are properly declared, but which are not at that moment, in a "locked compartment." How much trouble am I in?
A helluva pile of trouble, even though you declared the weapons on board.
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... If you're that concerned about approaching boats in foreign countries, cruising might not be the best life choice for you ...
Indeed.

You're (probably) not going to cruise in a war zone, where one might stand armed guard against approaching "strangers", - certainly The Bahamas is not.
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Long time ago one of our American cousins visited our fair country and somehow word got out (maybe beer talk) about an undeclared firearm on board. Next day they got a visit and the owner spent the next 6 months in a cell waiting for his court date. He was then sent home with a "never to return" order.

His boat was confiscated as it had been used to transport illegal weapons and it was later sold at auction.

The moral of that story of course is DECLARE them and keep them locked up as required, unless there is a compelling reason to use a firearm or have it ready that makes the possibility of prison and boat loss acceptable. Cause apparently it's a thing in the Bahamas. It does tend to make a visit to the Bahamas much less attractive, though. But it is the same in many or most places these days, not just there. Sad but true. One of the downsides of cruising. Cant change it, just got to deal with it or stay home. In that, at least, everyone has a choice.
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Not many other countries are as accommodating in regard to the violation of their customs and immigration laws as the USA is.

Obey the laws of the Bahamas while visiting and your visit will be a lot more fun.
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Not many other countries are as accommodating in regard to the violation of their customs and immigration laws as the USA .

An Americans viewpoint..
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Planning to cross in May, clearing customs at West End. Fully understand the need to declare all firearms and ammunition, and intend to comply. Second night, we plan to anchor at Great Sale. So this is my concern...we're anchored, it's late and quite dark. We hear a boat approaching and so retrieve one or more of the weapons to have at the ready. Approaching vessel turns out to be Bahamian Defense Force, and they want to board. So now I have weapons that are properly declared, but which are not at that moment, in a "locked compartment." How much trouble am I in?
If you pull out weapons just because a boat approaches "your" anchorage at night you are a menace to civilized people everywhere.

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An Americans viewpoint..
Oh, we in the US have tons of customs and immigration laws. We just hardly ever enforce them from my experience as a US federal agent for 21 years.

We mostly use the honor system. The law abiding do have to jump through a lot of hoops here. The non-law abiding, not so much.

I worked some in other countries (including the Bahamas) and while so engaged, developed a strong desire to not do any third world prison time!
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