PNP lowers boom on loose firearms

PNP lowers boom on loose firearms

By Arwen Pascua

Photo courtesy of PTV News

MANILA — The Philippine National Police revoked 240 firearm licenses and confiscated 684 firearms registered under these licenses over the past four years.

In 2022 alone, 41 licenses to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) were revoked for various violations of existing regulations. During the same year, a total of 201 firearms registered to these revoked licenses were subsequently confiscated.

In a strong-willed stance against illegal firearms, Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) announced that the grounds for revocation include involvement of the gun owners in any violation of laws like illegal drugs, illegal gambling, commission or pendency of a crime involving firearms and ammunition, prolonged non-renewal of a firearms license, illegal or unlawful transfer of firearms, violation of the election gun ban, revoked by order of the court, and misrepresentation or submission of spurious supporting documents.

The revocation of these delinquent licenses was done in accordance with Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, Col Kenneth Lucas Chief, FEO explained.

“We will not tolerate the abuse of firearms by those who are involved in nefarious activities,” said Lucas.

“These revocations send a clear message that we will take action against those who use or possess firearms illegally.”

Out of the 187 cases, 31 cases of firearms owners were linked to illegal drugs showing the PNP’s commitment to tackling illegal drug involvement.

Col Lucas also urged licensed gun owners to follow the proper procedures for owning and using firearms and warned them that failure to comply with laws and regulations will result in the revocation of their licenses and filing of appropriate criminal cases as evidence warrants.

“You are responsible for the safe and proper use of your firearms, and any violation of the law will result in the revocation of your license,” Lucas added.

The PNP’s strict enforcement of the law and commitment to promoting responsible gun ownership serves as a reminder that the illegal use or possession of firearms and involvement in any unlawful activities will not be tolerated.

(ai/mtvn)

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