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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Baguio City inclined to regulate airsoft activities

BAGUIO CITY - Members of the local legislative body are inclined to pass the appropriate legislative measure to regulate the activities of various airsoft organizations in the city to prevent the occurrence of untoward incidents that pose a threat to the safety of the public.

The local legislators arrived at a consensus to pass the necessary legislative measure that will regulate the conduct of airsoft activities in the city once it will be able to get the proper inputs from the nine airsoft groups in the city.

During the regular session of the City Council last Monday, only officers of two airsoft groups appeared and aired their support to the enactment of the necessary regulations regulating airsoft games to prevent incidents that pose a threat to the public.

The legislative inquiry on airsoft games in public places was triggered by an incident last March 9, 2017, where Tuba Municipal Councilor Joshelle Ruth Bentrez-Bancilo suffered a broken tooth after she was hit by a wayward airsoft bullet that got through the safety nets installed by the organizers while she was attending a family reunion at the Ibaloi Park.

Councilor Bancilo informed the local legislators that the airsoft organizers committed to compensating her for but they failed to comply with their agreement forged before Mayor Mauricio Domogan; thus, she is filing the appropriate charges against them before the city prosecutor’s office.

The council members all agreed that airsoft games should be done in open spaces with less population to minimize the threat to the public.

While airsoft firearms are exempted from the coverage of the provisions of the Comprehensive Firearms Law, local legislators reminded holders of airsoft firearms to police their own ranks and avoid displaying their guns in public.

City councilors also reminded airsoft groups to stop displaying their firearms and uniforms to the public to prevent the negative perception of the people on the actual use of their airsoft firearms, among others. (Dexter See)
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