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Legal and practical questions about Morocco

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Re: Legal and practical questions about Morocco

Post Posted: Sat Oct 22, 2005 7:28 pm

AfricaBound--Why are you considering Morocco in particular? Just guessing here, but my guess is that gun laws are much freer in South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania.

 

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Re: Legal and practical questions about Morocco

Post Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 9:43 am

Hello Topaz/Morocco,

Thank you for the detailed answers.

For shotguns / smooth bores: Well it happens that shotguns are my favorite weapons. They have three basic types of ammunition: birdshot, which is an ounce of very small lead balls (maybe a hundred of them), buckshot, which is an ounce of bigger lead balls (mabye ten balls) and slugs, which is a single mass of lead weighing about an ounce. All of these are shot through the smooth-bore shotgun. They are used for hunting different things, and buckshot and slugs can also be used for self-defense. A smooth-bore shotgun with slugs can be effective at ranges of up to 100m (that's the very limit of it).

South Africa: It's a great country but I wouldn't want to live there. Too scary. Yes the gun laws were much better there. In fact tourists could bring pistols and get a permit to carry concealed upon arrival at the airport. That's a smart law which some dangerous countries (like SA, Nigeria, etc) should all have, to encourage visitors and foreign investment. Anyway, their new leadership has changed all of that and has almost banned guns, resulting in a middle-class flight from the country. Very sad. But yes, rifles are still available, and also in Kenya, because they have a lot of hunters coming in there.

As for Tanzania or the other countries in North Africa: Morocco is the only country in the region which is friendly towards Jews and to Israel, and that's important for me. I know that when the Nazis asked the king of Morocco, "Give us a list of your Jews", he said, "We have no Jews, only Moroccans." That will be remembered for a long time.

I really would prefer to live somewhere where I can CARRY a pistol concealed, as is possible in most of the US and a few countries in Europe.

I've never actually been to Morocco so I'm just in the exploration phase right now, trying to learn some of the peculiarities. I am told that it is like "Europe in Africa" in some ways. I speak French so that's also a plus. Also, I know that Morocco is stable and safe. South Africa is very unsafe at the moment, especially after their new gun law came in.

Citizenship: I guess i have to look into that. I don't plan on converting to Islam, but I do plan to learn Arabic (if I stay there).

Again, thanks for the info on it. I am glad to hear that at least shotguns are legal.

 

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Re: Legal and practical questions about Morocco

Post Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:08 am

Ah, I found more info:

Only the following non-automatic firearms and ammunition may be brought to Morocco:
Item Quantity
Shotguns 3
(gauge 20,16 and 12)
Ammunition 1,000 rounds

Firearms must be registered with the Embassy and with Moroccan police authorities on arrival. A hunting permit and hunting insurance are required (about $150 a year). The Embassy will assist in registration and in securing required permits and insurance. Any ammunition purchase must be noted by the seller on the hunting permit. Except as listed above, no other types of firearms or ammunition are permitted in Morocco; i.e., no rifled weapons are licensed for private individuals.

From this very helpful URL:

foia.state.gov/MMS/pos...ntryID=102

So, they allow hunting-type shotguns only. Well that is better than nothing.

 

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Re: Legal and practical questions about Morocco

Post Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2005 10:12 am

And some bad news, from the same URL:

" At present, tofu is unavailable."

I'm addicted to tofu. But Moroccan food is so good, my problem will be keeping my same pants size.

 

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Re: Legal and practical questions about Morocco

Post Posted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 2:58 am

Dear AfricaBound,

I'm glad you found that information helpful. I enjoyed reading your additional posts, as well. Hope you find what you're looking for.

Topaz/Morocco

 

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Re: Legal and practical questions about Morocco

Post Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 2:19 am

From what I recall, in order to own a gun legally in Morocco, you must be a member of a hunting club. These dues are pricy. No you cannot carry a concealed weapon in Morocco.

 

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Re: Legal and practical questions about Morocco

Post Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2005 8:30 pm

No, it is NOT true that you must be a member of a hunting club to own a gun in Morocco. None of the gun-owners I know belong to any such clubs; in fact I never HEARD of a hunting club, and I have been here over 13 years.

It IS true that no one can carry a CONCEALED weapon in Morocco. NOr are rifles or pistols allowed.

Topaz

 

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