SC stops gun licensing law

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THE Supreme Court (SC) has stopped the Philippine National Police (PNP) from implementing three provisions of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act (Republic Act or RA 10591).

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The SC issued a temporary restraining order during its en banc session in Baguio City on Tuesday.

This effectively stopped the PNP from centralizing the application and renewal of gun licenses in Camp Crame in Quezon City and utilizing any courier services for deliveries of approved firearms license cards and allowing the police, under the guise of inspection, to enter the dwelling of firearms applicants and owners without a court-issued search warrant.

Aside from this, the PNP was also ordered to justify why policemen should be allowed to enter dwellings and centralize the registration policy.

In its petition, the Peaceful Respondent Owners of Guns Inc. (Progun) questioned the law for being violative of the constitutional guarantee against unreasonable searches.

Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution guarantees the right of citizens to be secure in their homes and dwelling places, and the right of the people against unreasonable and illegal searches and seizures.

The group accused the PNP of gravely abusing its discretion for ordering the centralization of all firearms requirements, testing and licensing in its headquarters in Camp Crame.

RA 10591 was signed into law on May 25, 2013 by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.

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