A nation of loose guns

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Malacañang says there is a proposal to set up a centralized firearms registration system to eliminate the proliferation of fraudulent documents.

Malacañang says there is a proposal to set up a centralized firearms registration system to eliminate the proliferation of fraudulent documents.

60% of licensed firearms have fictitious data—Palace

At least 60 percent of the 1.7 million registered firearms in the country have been found using fictitious or questionable data, a dangerous situation that could lead to a proliferation of loose guns.

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said records provided by Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed that “there are names [of firearms owners]that don’t match the address, there are cases when the name and address match bu  t the photograph of the supposed firearm owner does not match the name.”

Coloma said “the integrity of these records is in doubt and the reasonable thing to do is to rid these records of fraud.”


“If we won’t do anything about the fake information, we would put our country in a dangerous situation and deal with loose and unauthorized firearms. That is why the PNP wants to establish a new registry system with integrity and a strict verification process,” Coloma added.

There are about 600,000 unregistered firearms in the country.

A clamor for stricter gun licensing procedures was triggered by an upsurge of gun-related crimes.

There is a proposal to centralize the country’s firearms registration system to eliminate fraud and streamline the process, he said.

”If you can afford to spend P10,000 (to buy a gun), it would be reasonable to say you can afford your fare from the province to Metro Manila, even if you are from Mindanao. You can’t argue that the new system is inconvenient because anyone can see that those who seek firearm registration and ownership have money to spare because a gun is not cheap,” Coloma said.

He stressed the importance of keeping accurate information for firearms registration.

Coloma said Operation Katok, or the surprise inspection and inventory of guns across the country, helped ensure peaceful elections in 2013.

He said the PNP will start with imposing stricter rules for registering the guns of security guards.

He said the security agencies bear the responsibility of registering the guns of their employees.

“The PNP will enforce this new policy to ensure the integrity of the firearms registry and we hope that responsible gun owners will support this,” Coloma said.

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  1. eltee mulawin on

    >>>HINDI LAMANG ANG LICENSING SYSTEM ANG DAPAT BAGUHIN, DAPAT BAGUHIN DIN ANG BATAS PARA SA MGA KRIMINAL. IBALIK ANG PARUSANG BITAY SA PILIPINAS. AS USUAL HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATORS WILL NOT AGREE…. KUNG GANIYAN ANG PERMANENTENG PANINDIGAN NILA, DAPAT SILA ANG BITAYIN O KAYA SILA AT ANG MGA PAMILYA AT KAMAG-ANAK NAMAN ANG GAWIN BIKTIMA, NANG MARANASAN NILA ANG MAWALAN NG ISANG ANAK, O AMA, O INA, O KAPATID.

  2. Great! a noble idea, but will you assure those who want to cooperate an easy run to securing their respective legitimate licenses? Wont they be lining up all day thrown about from pillar to post and not have to rely on fixers? If you can do these things, I am sure legitimate gun owners will be glad to abide. Presently, we have ID’S from the post office, BIR, Pag Ibig, Social Security, Drivers License, Senior Citizens etc. my wallet is bulging with them. Yet you require NBI, Police, Court, Barangay Clearances, it’s a big ask to tackle. Can you simplify it?? The katok idea and the processing at the Police Station in person was a whiz. Lets keep it up!

  3. Rocky Coronel on

    Faced with the fact that majority of the licensed firearms are under fictitious names, the move to centralized registration does not address the problem unless PNP leadership admits that their regional offices are inept and irresponsible and should be blamed for this problem. Since they did not give a breakdown on how many of these offices were responsible for the problem, we cannot offer such solution. For all we know, Crame tops the list. Further, this statement “A clamor for stricter gun licensing procedures was triggered by an upsurge of gun-related crimes” is vague. Clamor by whom? Stricter regulation on gun licensing only encourage proliferation of loose firearms. And we know that these loose firearms are the ones used in crimes.