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PNP-2 bans carrying of firearms outside residence in Cagayan

by Oliver T. Baccay

Tuguegarao City (30 November) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 2 has suspended permits to carry firearms outside residence within the province of Cagayan to prevent the commission of any further violence, particularly killings and shootings of groups or individuals from the opposing political camps.

PSSupt. Loreto Pineli, Chief Directorial Staff and Task Force Cagayan Commander of the PNP Regional Command 2, said based on the recent memorandum issued by PNP Headquarters, persons who are lawful holders of firearms are prohibited from carrying firearms outside of their residence including members of the police, armed forces, law enforcement agencies and security guards when they are not performing g their duties.

Pineli said the suspension of permit to carry firearms outside residence is the effect of the prevailing issue on the unresolved crimes happened in the region in the past days and years.

"We wish to inform the public that this memorandum takes effect November 23, 2010 and it will be lifted until and unless the peace and order situation in the province will be in its normal condition", Pineli stated.

He further confirmed that the processing of all applications for permit to carry firearms outside residence is likewise suspended.

Pineli also clarified that non-residents of Cagayan is also affected by the suspension because the permit to carry their firearms when they enter the province is also suspended.

"Only members of PNP, AFP, Law Enforcers and Security details are allowed to carry their firearms when they are in agency-prescribed uniform and actual performing their official duties and function", Pineli added.

He also clarified that when the law enforcers are on official duty, they shall place their firearms in a holster security attached to the belt when they are in their agency-prescribed uniform, except that military pilots in flying uniforms and crew of armored vehicles may carry firearms in shoulder holsters.

The PNP will also identify and declare "gun free zones" such as critical areas in their respective localities, which may include school zones, church, commercial and business district and tourist spots, wherein only law enforcers are authorized to carry firearms within these zones. (PNP 2) [top]

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