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I looked it up after all. This is the deal in the bahamas

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If you have a firearm on board (shotguns and handguns only) you must declare it with Bahamian Customs. You must provide the serial number, name of the manufacturer, plus an exact count of ammunition. While you are allowed to have a firearm on your boat, you cannot remove it. Weapons must be under lock and key at all times.


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Here in the Bahamas, the smart ones don't carry weapons aboard. You must declare it in every port -- a real PITA. Just heard about an American who didn't declare here. He was caught during a routine customs inspection in Nassau, jailed for 5 days and paid $10K in legal fees to get himself out of trouble.

Of course, if you're not American, the issue never seems to come up.

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You've been misinformed. Just need to declare on entry, count bullets, ect.
I've never had any problems with my guns in the Bahamas.
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For firearms onboard in the various US states, the same exact rules apply as when transporting in any highway, etc. vehicle. You have to know the exact rules for transporting firearms for each state you travel through.

If you are licensed to concealed carry in your home state, many other states will have 'reciprocity' with your home state ... its up to you to know exactly in which other state your home state CCL is honored, etc.
See: Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Maps - USA Carry but such reciprocal agreement are changeable without notice.

If without a CCL, usually you need to have the weapon locked in the trunk of the vehicle and the ammo lock/stored in an alternate location; no chambered rounds, no ammo in close proximity to the firearm, etc.

Each foreign government has its own statutes that must be precisely followed .... usually and varying from temporary confiscation until you leave the country to securing the firearm in a bonded 'safe' on board, etc.
Rarely will you be able to 'carry' when on foreign soil, even TO competitive shooting events.

It really isnt a big deal; but, your REALLY need to KNOW the laws where you travel .... like especially New York, and New Jersey, Wash DC, etc. .... and this does not include 'internet' information gained from a non-government website.


Travelling internationally on the oceans, international law plus the laws of the last country you visited and the next country on your itinerary will control some portion of the legal requirements. Do NOT depend on any foreign internet info for firearms entry; you want ONLY 'hard copy' (signed if possible) information from an embassy or consular office.

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Here in the Bahamas, the smart ones don't carry weapons aboard. You must declare it in every port -- a real PITA. Just heard about an American who didn't declare here. He was caught during a routine customs inspection in Nassau, jailed for 5 days and paid $10K in legal fees to get himself out of trouble.

Of course, if you're not American, the issue never seems to come up.

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Unless the Bahamian Laws have changed recently ... as of 1Jan16, That's just plain BS.
Clearly in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas all you need to do is declare the firearm, its serial number & Mfgr., its calibre and the exact number of 'bullets'; plus, the firearm must be under 'lock and key'. PERIOD. You dont have to declare in every port - BS and total misinformation!

If your cruising permit expires, and you need a re-issue (another 90 days, etc.), you then must re-declare the firearm; usually just the re-submittal of the copy of the original form when first declared.
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From what Minne found, it appears that while handguns and shotguns can be brought in, that there is no provision for carrying a long-rifle into the Bahamas at all.
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Perhaps I am wrong about having to declare in every port (that's what a marina worker told me, btw). But I believe the story about the undeclared firearm, even though it was second-hand information.

And I am most definitely correct that this issue is primarily one for Americans. I know of three cruisers packing heat aboard and they are all Americans. Cruisers from other countries tend to roll their eyes at this behavior.

In any case, it's not an issue I have needed to become intimately familiar with, as I have chosen not to carry firearms aboard.

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I looked it up after all. This is the deal in the bahamas

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So, if you use the weapon in Bahamian waters, for whatever reason, you have ipso facto violated Bahamian law.

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If you're gonna pack heat on the water, at least do so on a cat because they roll less and sail flat, making aiming much easier. Right?

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