• Elderly get 20% discount on firearm registration fees

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    Persida Acosta

    Persida Acosta

    Dear PAO,
    I am a senior citizen. I bought a gun at a discounted price from a gun shop last July 2016. The store owner did not grant me the 20-percent discount for a senior citizen but he gave me the promotional discount of 30 percent from the actual price. My question is, can I demand the 20-percent discount for a senior citizen in addition to the promotional discount of 30 percent? Can I also get a discount on processing fees for a license to own and possess firearms or for registration of firearms?            

    Lando

    Dear Lando,
    Senior citizens are generally entitled to a 20-percent discount on the purchase of goods and services and exempted from Value-Added Tax (VAT), if applicable, particularly those enumerated under Section 4 of Republic Act (RA) 9994 or An Act Granting Additional Benefits and Privileges to Senior Citizens, further amending Republic Act 7432, as amended, or An Act to Maximize the Contributions of Senior Citizens to Nation-Building, Grant Benefits and Special Privileges and For Other Purposes.

    The discounts provided by law for senior citizens cannot be added to promotional or sales discounts, but whatever is higher shall be granted to the senior citizen concerned. This is specifically provided under the same section of the law mentioned in the immediately preceding paragraph that states, “In the purchase of goods and services, which are on promotional discount, the senior citizen can avail of the promotional discount or the discount provided herein, whichever is higher.”

    Under Section 11 of RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, it is required that “the licensed citizen or licensed juridical entity shall register his/her/its firearms so purchased with the FEO [Firearms and Explosives Office] of the PNP [Philippine National Police] in accordance with the type of license such licensed citizen or licensed juridical entity possesses. A certificate of registration of the firearm shall be issued upon payment of reasonable fees. Xxx”

    Correlative to the above-mentioned provision of law is Section 8.3, Rule III of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 10591, which states, “Senior citizens, who are not active or retired government employees, shall have 20-percent discount on fees for License to Own and Possess Firearms and Registrations of Firearms.”

    Thus, it is clear that you are also entitled to a 20-percent discount on the fees for the license to own and possess firearms, including fees imposed on the registration of these guns.

    We hope that we were able to answer your queries. Please be reminded that this advice is based solely on the facts you have narrated and our appreciation of the same. Our opinion may vary when other facts are changed or elaborated.

    Editor’s note: Dear PAO is a daily column of the Public Attorney’s Office. Questions for Chief Acosta may be sent to dearpao@manilatimes.net

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