GUN BAN EXEMPTION FOR LAW ENFORCERS NOT ABSOLUTE; CARLOS REMINDS POLICE PERSONNEL TO EXERCISE PRUDENCE

GUN BAN EXEMPTION FOR LAW ENFORCERS NOT ABSOLUTE; CARLOS REMINDS POLICE PERSONNEL TO EXERCISE PRUDENCE

By Arwen Pascua

MANILA — Today, Sunday, 09 January 2022, marks the start of the election period enforcement of the nationwide gun ban until June 8, 2022.

The permit to carry firearms outside of residence for civilians is suspended while law enforcers, including the police are exempted as long as they bring their issued firearms while in uniform and in the performance of official duty.

“It should be understood that only on-duty police personnel, clearly identified as members of the PNP are allowed to carry their firearms. Any citizen may report to the PNP any police personnel abusing or violating this rule. We want to maintain discipline among our personnel,” PNP Chief General Dionardo Carlos said.

However, the Certificate of Authority granted to the PNP stipulated exemptions to the rule that may allow police personnel to carry or transport firearms without wearing the prescribed uniform only if: (1) they are conducting lawful intelligence or counter-intelligence gathering activities; (2) and attending to police emergencies.

“May I also remind our police personnel that checkpoints are limited to visual search only. But if the need arises, especially under conditions authorized by law, the police may conduct further inspection,” Carlos said.

Any person with firearms will be courteously asked to show a copy of a valid Certificate of Authority that exempts him/her from the gun ban. If none, then the individual can be a candidate for violating the COMELEC Rules.

Persons violating the gun ban may be charged with illegal possession of firearms, in accordance with Comelec Resolution 10741 that mandates the establishment of checkpoints and prohibition of bearing, carrying, and transporting firearms or other deadly weapons. (ai/mtvn)

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