THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has extended for another year the validity of firearm licenses that are due to expire this year, a senior police official said on Wednesday.
The director of the PNP’s Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO), Chief Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo, told reporters in a news briefing that there are around 621, 000 firearm licenses that are due to expire in 2014.
“All registered firearm licenses that are expiring this year will remain valid until next year,” Lazo said.
But firearms whose licenses expired last year are now considered by the PNP as loose firearms, he added.
Lazo said extending the validity of expiring gun licenses will allow his office to focus more on improving the PNP’s firearm registration system under the newly enacted Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms Law of 2013.
The PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima, approved the one-year extension of the firearm licenses that are set to expire between January and December this year, he added.
The extension was approved on recommendations made by the FEO and Director Melito Mabilin, the chief of the PNP’s Civil Security Group.
Mabilin said the information technology system for firearms registration is being upgraded to meet demands of the police service and the stakeholders.
Lazo said Purisima has also authorized local police offices to issue Permit to Transport firearms to holders of License to Own and Posses Firearms.