Originally Posted by Exile
"Importing" is a legal
term that probably varies
by jurisdiction. In any event, the intent here is not to move the firearm off the boat, so whatever rules or terminology apply to that scenario Ken has made it clear he intends to follow.
It's a little incongruous to cite no need for self-defense but at the same time pose a scenario where a local may break into your boat.
There is the rub! In Europe
, people do have the right to self defense, using whatever means at their disposal. There's a BUT: the defence and the way it is performed must be PROPORTIONAL to the threat. Generally, it means that one may not use deadly force to counter a burglary, or a common assault, or a theft. There is no "Castle" principle, like you have in some US states. Nor a "stand your ground" concept
, as may apply in some US States. Here, one is required to avoid and evade potential confrontations, even if one is in the right. Meeting a thief or burglar with a loaded gun, even when not firing it, means certain prison time. For the victim of the burglary or theft. Shooting someone for theft, ditto. And also if they run away with the loot, or your boat! No firearms may be used to defend property. And so it goes. Apart from a criminal record
, there will almost certainly be a Civil Claim against the property owner who injured or killed a thief. The European society is very different to the USA one, with very different Norms and Values. Most countries in the Med. apply these standards.
If one is not intimately familiar with them in however may countries one intends to visit, lose the gun. No one here cares about a post shooting defence referring to USA laws and traditions, relying on those will make things worse. What one does not have, cannot get one into trouble. Coming from South Africa
, we too had to undergo a total mental reprogramming, but there it is.
The remarks I read, regarding the use of armed private defence in these posts, make me suggest very strongly that you are better served without firearms on board for "self defense". Fair winds!