• PNP issues IRR for new and stricter gun control law

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    THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to implement this month a new and stricter gun-control law due to the proliferation of loose firearms in the country.

    PNP Firearms and Explosive Office (FEO) has released on Friday the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) for RA 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

    The new gun-control law was passed last year and the PNP will start its implementation following the drafting of the IRR for the new law. PNP will also implement a six-month-long gun-amnesty period for holders of loose and unregistered firearms, which will start also this month and will end on the last week of June 2014.

    Under the IRR for the new gun-control law, parts of a gun, such as barrel, frame, receiver will be considered as a firearm.

    The IRR also states that applicants for firearms licenses, whether civilians or government workers must submit documents such as court clearances, drug test clearance, neuro-psychiatric clearance, gun safety and responsible gun ownership seminar certificate. Aside from this firearms applicants must also submit police clearance, birth certificate, proof of billing, valid IDs, income tax return (ITR), and the certificate of employment.

    The new gun-control law also imposes stiffer penalties for those that will be arrested and found guilty of illegal possession of firearms—eight to ten years for those arrested for small arms such as pistols and revolvers.

    Those arrested for illegal possession of class A light weapons such as automatic pistols, rifles, sub-machine guns and assault rifles not exceeding 7.62mm caliber penalty of 10 to 12 years of imprisonment.

    While those that will be arrested for Class B weapons such as crew served weapons or rifles and machine guns exceeding 7.62mm caliber faces a penalty of reclusion temporal to reclusion perpetua.

    The IRR also states that the PNP may revoke, cancel or suspend the firearms license if the gun owners would be involved in commission of crimes, negligent in possession of firearms, carrying firearms without proper permit and bringing it to prohibited places. ANTHONY VARGAS

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