Review of firearms regulation law urged

A DAVAO City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) official and also an owner of a security agency business calls for review of Republic Act (RA)10591, the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.

Anthony dela Cruz, the incoming Chairman of DCCCII, in a weekly presscon at Abreeza Mall on December 21, said RA 10591 should be examined
due to a great number of taxes that it requires.

Although dela Cruz admitted that request for a law review is not easy, he said the Shooter's Association of the Philippines (Sap) is also looking into it.

The association would have wanted that the fees be adjusted and be decreased especially for those security personnel who are just starting up in the field of work.

"That's why many of the operators now go to armored car, go to K9, go to protection agent," Dela Cruz said, adding this is because of the many taxes that come with owning firearms together with a human-resource related business like a security agency.

For now, dela Cruz and Sap have yet to submit a formal request letter to the government but had been raising their concern verbally already.

However, he is also glad that starting this month, the Regional Security Civil Group is being set up in the city and headed by acting Director Chief Superintendent Federico Dulay Jr.

Through this, licensing of firearms and security guards will possibly be accepted in the region.
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