Since I started this thread, I think I should clarify something. To tell the truth, I have absolutely no desire to own a gun in the Philippines. I don't own one now, haven't owned one for 19 years, and can't imagine getting one when I relocate to the islands. Same holds true for a hunting bow. I had a conversation with a friend at work and we discussed the matter (guns in the Philippines) so, not really knowing the correct answer, I posted the question on this forum. Still, this is a learning experience for me and anyone else who might be thinking alone the lines of gun ownership. As a foreigner, if you kill an intruder you are probably going to jail. If you somehow manage not to go to jail for that offense, the dead person's relatives are likely to need revenge. For a few pesos you could be permanently erased. Apparently if you only wound someone, you will probably still go to jail or be paying for that person's upkeep for the rest of their life. Clearly it is best to protect your property and family by some other means, like a good guard dog or dogs, window bars, compound wall - less lethal things like that.