Gun muzzling ‘impractical’

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Friday, December 27, 2013

THE Police Regional Office-Cordillera (Procor) director cancelled on Monday the ceremonial gun muzzling activity of the police for New Year’s Day, saying it is impractical as it does not effectively address indiscriminate firing.

Procor Director Isagani Nerez, who visited the Baguio City Police Office on Monday for a command conference, said muzzling of firearms is just a ceremonial gesture to prevent indiscriminate firing during the Christmas and New Year's Day celebrations.

He said criminals only get emboldened upon seeing sealed guns of policemen, adding that this also diminishes the crime prevention capacity of the police.

Thus, he said a more detailed accounting of firearms and ammunitions is a better approach in preventing indiscriminate firing among the police.

Nerez tasked station commanders to report and account all firearms and ammunitions of the police under their jurisdiction, as well as effectively solve and address all cases of victims of stray bullets especially during New Year's Eve.

He stressed that incidents in the Cordillera wherein people were hit by stray bullets were not committed by the police but by private gun owners.

With this, he directed the local police commanders to monitor private gun owners and confiscate unlicensed firearms as part of their implementation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition.

Nerez said Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has cancelled all leaves and holiday break of the police, adding Procor is on heightened alert this week.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 28, 2013.

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