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PIA Press Release
2010/01/16

Lamut town bans sale of pellet toy guns

by Mhars B. Lihgawon

Lamut, Ifugao (16 January) -- The local legislators here enacted a law banning the purchase, sale, display and distribution of pellet toy guns particularly those that are exact replica of real guns.

The ordinance known as Toy Gun ordinance aims to regulate the purchase, sale, distribution and display of toy guns. This shall apply to all business establishments and vendors operating within the territorial jurisdiction of Lamut municipality.

The ordinance states that it is prohibited for business establishments, ambulant vendors and for any person to display, sell or distribute toy guns that are exact replicas of real guns that use pellet as bullets.

To ensure the successful implementation of this ordinance, the Chief executive shall oversee the implementation with the local police as its implementing arm. At the exigency of the service, the Barangay Police or Bantay Bayans through their respective Punong Barangays maybe deputized to help in the implementation.

The penalties for violating the provisions of the ordinance are as follows: for individuals arrested first offense, P1,000 and P 2,000 or six months imprisonment.

Meanwhile, for establishments and ambulant vendors the first offense is fine of P2,000 and P2,500 pesos or six months imprisonment at the discretion of the court for the second offense.

Furthermore, a tipster shall be given 20 percent incentive from the collected fine in feeding the secret information to the police.

In case of confiscation, all confiscated toy guns shall be inventoried and kept under the costudy of the operations unit of the local police to be burned during the first month of the quarter as a special activity of the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC). (PIA-Ifugao) [top]

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