Hospital Security in El Salvador   2 comments

We went to the hospital today to pick up my sister-in-law, whose baby was treated for an infection.  Security at the hospital is very different from what you’d see in the U.S.  It was quite curious. Each patient is allowed just 2 visitors at a time during visiting hours.  There is a rot-iron gate in front of the hospital, with an armed security guard who lets cars and people in, and checks your purse or bag before you go in. Apparently, carrying firearms is prevalent enough in El Salvador that it warrants a sign at the hospital security station stating: “Please leave your firearm in the caseta (security hut).”

Posted January 3, 2010 by El Salvador from the Inside in Firearms, Healthcare

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  1. Unregistered firearms are prevalent. Guns are prohibitively expensive in ES. A Beretta 92F, Glock 17 or H&K USP 9mm will run you about $400 or so in the USA. You can triple that price in ES. If you buy from the black market; there is a smorgasbord of post-civil war arms floating around. Spanish 9mm copies, Argentine Hi-powers, Makarovs and Egyptian knock offs of Beretta 9mms can be purchased for $80-$200. I don’t suggest this from the standpoint that being arrested for possessing an illegal firearm is very serious in El Salvador.

    Also, El Salvador law enforcement uses American technology such as “Drug Fire” which is a method of examining the lans and grooves of the captured firearm for forensic comparison of bullets found at crime scenes. It would be uncomfortable to be arrested for possessing an illegal firearm and then discovering the gun was used in a recent murder. There’d be a lot of explaining to do.

    If you live in the USA, do not send firearms to El Salvador via encomienda or some of the courier box companies. If your gun is found in the box in El Salvador, they will contact the US State Department and then here stateside, the BATF will arrest you for exporting a firearm without notifying the State Department. I personally know an LAPD officer who was arrested and charged with this for sending guns to Belize.

    If you have extra cash, prior military/police training; I think it would be convenient to buy a gun through legal channels and then obtain the appropriate paperwork to carry the weapon concealed and legally. If you have the cash but no gun handling experience; do yourself a favor and stay away from guns.

    • glad I’ve never been a “gun” person. Sounds like the average person can easily get into a lot more trouble than the average gang member if trying to do something sneaky as they don’t know the ‘ropes’ and are not part of the illegal network.

      FOLKS READING this – I highly recommend taking Don’s advice because in El Salvador there are ROUTINE POLICE STOPS on the ROADS where they randomly stop anyone (it’s legal here) to pull their car over. They then ask if you have a firearm, and to open your trunk. If they wanted to, I’ll bet they could legally check your glove compartment and under your seats. An illegal firearm at one of those stops? Ouch.

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