I'm a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment and I have been a gun rights advocate for a long time. When I was notified of my move to Guam, I was scared and confused by misinformation I found online about gun rights in Guam.
The process to register a gun is complicated and hard to find without talking to multiple people. I created this article to compile all the information I found in one place. Here are the steps to register a firearm bought on Guam, bought off island and transferred between two parties.
- For all kinds of registration, once your firearm is inspected by the Guam Police Department Armory, DO NOT bring your firearm into the Records & ID section. That is a government building and you will be arrested! Just bring the inspection sheet. Leave your firearm at home for the registration process.
- If you are leaving Guam with a firearm, you must have a valid firearm ID and a registered weapon, otherwise you could be arrested for the same reason above.
- Here are the restrictions on firearms that can be brought into Guam:
GUAM CODE: § 60102. Ownership, etc., of Certain Firearms Prohibited. The manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer or acquisition of any machine guns, sub-machine guns, automatic rifles or any other firearm not a rifle having a barrel length of sixteen (16) inches or greater or not a shotgun having a barrel length of eighteen (18) inches or greater or a revolver or pistol having a barrel length of more than twelve (12) inches is prohibited. Mufflers, silencers or devices for deadening the sound of discharged firearms are also prohibited. Any person violating this Section shall be guilty of a felony which shall be punishable for a term of imprisonment of not less than three (3) years and a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000). Imposition of sentence shall not be suspended and the offender shall not be eligible for parole nor work release until the term of imprisonment prescribed herein has been completed nor may probation be imposed in lieu of this portion of the offender's sentence. Provided, however, that in the case of an offender not previously convicted of a felony, the court may sentence the offender to not more than two (2) years imprisonment and the provisions of this Section prohibiting probation, suspension, parole or work release shall not be applicable to such offender.
SOURCE: GC § 8901, as amended by P.L. 14-140.
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1. If You Bought Your Firearm on Guam at a Store
This is the procedure to register a firearm bought from a store in Guam.
What You Need to Bring
- Bill of Sale (they will also accept a receipt or a notarized memorandum; see below). Note! If you are a member of the U.S. Armed Services or Department of Defense civilian, an official certified copy of your transfer orders verifying ownership or a sworn affidavit certifying ownership from your command’s legal office may be used in lieu of a Certificate of Ownership or sales receipt.
- Firearms ID. Here is how to get a Firearms ID in Guam.
- Safety inspection form from Guam Police Department Armory.
- $49.00 cash or check per firearm for registration.
- $9.00 Inspection fee (cash) per firearm (the armory claims they accept checks, but because they have very limited facilities and staff you want to make everything as easy as possible for them).
- Take the weapon to the Guam Police Department Armory (map below).
- Present firearm and firearm ID.
- Get weapon inspected.
- Take inspection sheet to Guam Pass and ID (map below).
- Wait in line forever.
- Present all paperwork needed and firearm ID.
- Pay fees.
- Keep the registration with the weapon at all times, and enjoy your second amendment rights.
2. If You Bought Your Firearm Off-Island
There are a few extra items you need to bring to register a firearm you brought to Guam from off the island.
When you first get your firearm from shipping it will need to be cleared by a customs officer. Take the customs sheet and the firearm directly to the Guam Police Department Armory! You could be put in jail for ownership of an unlicensed firearm without a firearm ID! You technically have 30 days to register the firearm upon arrival on island, but it takes longer than 30 days to get a firearm ID and registration. So, just be smart and turn it in for safekeeping ASAP.
Additional Items Needed for Off-Island Firearm Purchases
- Everything needed for a firearm purchased from a store on island, plus;
- Bill of Lading from your movers; or Bill of Sale; or Certificate of Ownership; or notarized documentation containing a description of the firearm and where you bought it.
- Customs Declaration Form
3. If You Plan to Buy a Firearm from a Private Party
Here are the extra items and steps need to register a firearm that is sold private party between two people.
Additional Items Needed for a Transfer or Purchase:
- Everything needed for a firearm purchased from a store on island plus;
- Present the original firearm registration
- Both parties must be present at the Armory Section to conduct the transfer
- Transfer of firearm requires current owner to indicate the transfer of the firearm to the new owner in the presence of authorized Armory personnel.
Where to Get Your Firearm Inspected and Where to Store It For Safekeeping
Guam Police Department Armory
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
(671) 475 8618
Directions to Guam Police Department Armory
Open 8AM to 2PM Monday through Friday.
Un-marked shack off route 16 on Bello Road towards the intersection to route 10 to the airport after passing the DMV and Geno's Auto Service.
Bello Road, Barrigada, 96913, Guam
Guam Police Department Google+
Where to Register your Firearm
1st Floor of the ITC Building, Suite 131
Hours of operation are:
8:00am – 5:00 pm for Firearms Registration Renewal
Contact numbers are:
Directions to Guam Pass and ID
To get to the Records and ID Section on Guam just go to the ITC Building in Tamuning. This is near the GPO Mall. It is in the same building as House of Brutus. Go in the double doors to the right of House of Brutus and it is on your left, past the coffee shop.
Records and ID Section
590 South Marine Corps Drive
ITC Bldg. 1st Floor Suite 131
Tamuning, Guam 96913
Guam Police Department Records and ID Section Google+
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.