PNP extends validity of gun licenses

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


THE Philippine National Police (PNP) extended the validity of the firearms licenses, which are due to expire on 2014, as it focuses on the information technology enhancement of the firearms registration system, a police official said Wednesday.

PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) chief Virgilio Lazo said gun licenses due to expire in January-December 2014 will still be valid until December 2015 since they are still fixing the firearms system in the implementation of the newly enacted Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Law of 2013.

"The extension of the validity of these firearms licenses was prompted by considerations regarding the period of publication of the revised fees and charges for registration and licensing requirements," Melito Mabilin, director of the PNP Civil Security Group, said.

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He said the information technology system for firearms registration is currently being upgraded to meet the demands of the service and the stakeholders which is crucial to the success of the licensing requirements.

Lazo said among 1.7 million registered firearms, 621 gun licenses are supposed to expire this year.

However, he said firearms owners should still secure their License To Own and Posses Firearms (LTOPF) before they can renew their gun licenses on December 2015.

Under the new gun control law, gun owners are required to secure an LTOPF before having their equipment registered instead of simply renewing the firearm's license.

The FEO chief said for now they can only accommodate processing of 2100 LTOPF each month and it is consolidated in their office in Camp Crame.

"'Yung application ng LTOPF sa mga regional offices dinadala dito sa Camp Crame para dito i-process and after pag tapos na ibababa na ulit sa regional offices," Lazo said.

"For now kaya inextend namin ang validity ng licenses kasi we are still fixing the system as well as we are still acquiring equipment na necessary for the process," he added. (Sunnex)

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