THE Philippine National Police (PNP) expects to earn at least P1 billion a year from recently revised fees for licensing and registration of firearms, a police official said on Tuesday.
The PNP’s deputy public information chief, Senior Supt. Robert Po, told reporters during a news briefing in Camp Crame in Quezon City that higher authorities had approved the new fees.
“The new rates and fees will be sent to the UP [University of the Philippines] Law Center and after that [they]will be published in the newspapers,” according to Po, also the newly designated spokesman for the PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima.
Gun enthusiasts and gun owners will now have to pay two different fees, one for the License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF) and second, for the registration of his firearm.
Po said a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be inked soon with the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) on how to collect the revised fees.
He added that no personnel of the PNP Firearms and Explosive Office (FEO) will be allowed to accept fees once the MOU with LBP has been signed.
When asked one when the new rates and fees for the licensing and registration of firearms will take effect, the police official said, “Definitely within the month [October].”
Po noted that there are at least 800,000 licensed gun owners and 1.7 million registered firearms in the country.
The revision of fees was formulated by the PNP and firearms stakeholders in order to defray expenses related to effective implementation of provisions of Republic Act (RA) 10591 or The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.
RA 10591 was enacted to regulate the ownership, possession, carrying, manufacture, dealing in and importation of firearms, ammunition or parts to provide legal support to law enforcement agencies in their campaign against crime; and stop the proliferation of illegal firearms or weapons and the illegal manufacture of firearms or weapons, ammunition and parts.
The approved new rates and fees are:
Type 1, license, P 1, 000; Type 2, P2,000; Type 3, P3,000; Type 4, P5, 000; Type 5, P10, 000; and card fee ( license, registration and permit to carry firearms outside of residence or PTCFOR), P200.
Additional payments will be charged for various licenses: Sports Shooters License, P1,000; Antique Firearms Collector’s License, P2,000; and Gun Collector’s License, P5,000.
Other fees are: Permit to transport fee, P200; PTCFOR, P 6, 000; Gun safety seminar fee, P500; and Validation of gun safety seminar fee issued by recognized and authorized gun club, P100.
For carrying additional ammu-nition (for licensed sports shooter), P1,500 will be collected; for long, regular registration that will be paid qualified juridical entities and will be valid for two years, P200; for long certificate of registration to be paid by local government units and government owned– or –controlled corporations and will be valid for two years; P200; and for registration of firearms that will be paid by licensed or juridical entities and will be valid for four years, for small arms, P1,600, and for light weapons, P4,000.
Licensed antique firearms collectors shall register their unserviceable antique firearms with the FEO with a one-time registration fee of P4,000.
They also shall register serviceable antique firearms with the FEO: small arms, P1,600; and light weapons, P4,000.
The registration shall be valid for four years.
The new schedule of rates and fees was approved by Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd, according to Po.