THE Philippine National Police (PNP) may again implement a gun amnesty program to enable owners of illegal firearms to register their weapons.
Senior Supt. Sydney Hernia, spokesman of the PNP’s Firearms Explosive Office, said the gun amnesty may start next month. The police official said guidelines for the program are being finalized.
“Based on our records, there are around 500,000 loose firearms all over the country. The reason why we are targeting for the implementation of another round of gun amnesty in the third quarter of the year,” he told reporters.
The official said there are around 1.7 million registered firearms in the country, but not all are updated and others have an expired gun licenses.
Hernia confirmed that the sale of firearms from January to July this year have reached the 26, 000 mark.
This figure is higher than the 26, 000 registered for the whole duration of 2014.