Election gun ban in force Jan. 13

by Manila Standard Today  |  published on January 2, 2013

The Philippine National Police reminded gun owners on Tuesday that their permits to carry their firearms outside of their residences will be suspended beginning January 13 until June 12 under the orders of the Commission on Elections for the coming May 13 elections.

Metro Manila police chief Director Leonardo Espina said in a statement only law enforcers who are in uniform and on duty will be allowed to carry firearms outside their residences.

“We should always be in uniform while carrying firearms,” Espina said, adding the Comelec order covers members of the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines and the National Bureau of Investigation.

Espina said the PNP will suspend the issuance, processing, approval and release of firearms licenses during the same period, except for the renewal of existing licenses.

The Comelec issued Resolution No. 9561-A, promulgated last December 4, which specifies rules for the gun ban, which specifies that new licenses and the firearm itself will not be released to the owner and will instead be kept at the PNP Firearms and Explosive Office and Civil Security Group.

The implementation of the gun ban will be supervised by the Comelec Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel, headed by Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph and composed of a senior officer designated by the AFP and PNP.

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