• Soldiers marching to the entrance of Castillo San Felipe del Morro

    San Juan

    National Historic Site Puerto Rico

Laws & Policies



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The laws and policies enforced at the San Juan National Historic Site are contained in two main documents:

Regulations covering all National Park Service lands are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, Chapter 1 also known as 36 CFR.

Regulations pertaining specifically to San Juan National Historic Site are contained in the park's Compendium of Regulations.

Firearms in the Park

As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website at http://www.justicia.gobierno.pr/

Puerto Rico firearms law requires that whoever possess or carry firearms to have a legal permit or be authorized to do so. Federal law prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park and those buildings are posted with signs at public entrances. Federal law also prohibits firearms inside the fortifications and facilities (Army Bunkers, Administration offices, Polvorin, Discovery center) in this park.

As a starting point about state and local firearms laws please go to the following web site and select the state that you are interested in from the list on the right side of the page:

http://www.atf.gov/publications/firearms/state-laws/31st-edition/index.html

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If you have any questions or concerns please e-mail the Chief Ranger or park headquarters at 787-729-6777.

Did You Know?

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The earliest fortification of San Juan NHS, Castillo San Felipe del Morro was begun in 1539, 68 years before the First English Settlement in Jamestown.