Cops in Cebu tape gun muzzles

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Thursday, December 20, 2012


THE firearm muzzles of police personnel in Cebu were simultaneously taped yesterday to prevent indiscriminate firing during the holidays.

PRO 7 Director Marcelo Garbo Jr. also asked private gun owners to support the police in their campaign against indiscriminate firing.

The taping was held simultaneously in different police headquarters: the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, the Cebu City Police Office, and the Cebu Provincial Police Office.

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The campaign seeks to prevent stray bullets, particularly those caused by indiscriminate firing.

The tape, which would indicate whether the gun has been fired, will be removed on Jan. 2 next year.

Garbo said the police officers must also tape their personal firearms.

The PRO 7 director said the muzzle-taping is a “symbolic” activity to send a message to the public that the police are against indiscriminate firing.

“This means they should not use their firearms during Christmas and New Year for fun,” said Garbo in an interview.

He said a police officer can still use his gun if his life is in danger while responding to an alarm.

An officer accused of firing his gun will be investigated and will be dismissed from service, if found guilty, Garbo said.

“They have to report a broken tape and they have to justify (why it’s broken),” Garbo said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 20, 2012.

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