Thanks, but my question is for those who have a first-hand experience with owning a gun in Panama.
Sorry for all your trouble, justinjohn, but it seems very odd: why would you give $1000 to anyone for a drivers license before checking the place out yourself? Besides, you look, talk and behave like a victim. Considering your condition you are better off staying in US.
All Latin America is corrupt, get used to it. Panama has a high crime rate? You want to see crime? Come to Quito or, even better: Guayaquil. I've seen people with laptops in Panama city after dark in parks. You don't see it in Ecuador, period. Here, people carrying laptops run zigzagging from point A to point B: ANYWHERE, be it a nice or run down area, coz there is no question in anybody's mind that your life here costs a lot less than that very laptop.
So, in general, Panama stroke me as a much safer place than Ecuador, but much more expensive too.
No offense, but I consider your opinion as a misinformation for an average expat.