PNP: Mark holidays without firing guns

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday warned gun holders not to fire their guns in celebrating Christmas and New Year.

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Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, PNP officer-in-charge, issued a memorandum to all police personnel against illegal discharge and indiscriminate firing of guns during the holiday season.

To give more teeth to the memorandum, simultaneous gun-muzzle tapings, from the PNP’s main headquarters in Camp Crame in Quezon City down to all police regional offices, provincial offices and city and municipal police stations nationwide, will be conducted on December 22.

Espina said in a statement that the activity is meant to assure the public that PNP personnel will not discharge their firearms this Yuletide.

“[These] traditional gun-muzzle (tapings are) a strong message to all gun owners, especially our policemen and soldiers who are the primary enforcers of the law, to refrain from firing their guns and help prevent casualties and injuries during the revelry of Yuletide,” he explained.

Espina said intelligence efforts in coordination with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and other law enforcement agencies and local government units will be stepped up to identify probable violators.

Joint PNP and AFP teams, he added, will also be organized to conduct preventive patrols to arrest or apprehend uniformed personnel, members of law enforcement agencies and civilians who will indiscriminately fire their guns.

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