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PIA Press Release
2009/06/19

Attention: Expired gun license owners

Roxas City (19 June) -- About 30,000 gun owners with expired licenses in the region must heed the call of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to renew their respective firearms licenses to avoid charges of illegal possession of firearms.

The estimated regional number of guns with expired licenses was based on the PNP National Headquarters records showing approximately 500,000 firearms with expired licenses nationwide.

"These firearms may be in the hands of civilians, government employees, police officers, or members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines," said a Police Regional Office (PRO) 6 portal news.

A directive from PNP National Headquarters calls for the immediate action regarding the expired licenses of these firearms.

"We will be sending communication to owners of these firearms, reminding them to renew the licenses of their guns," said PRO-6 Firearms, Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervision Section (FESAGSS) Chief Police C/Insp. Lope Manlapaz in the online news.

He added that the PNP will also be inquiring "as to the status of these firearms because we want to know if they still have these in their possession or not."

The firearm license renewal fees range roughly from P2,500 to P3,700, inclusive of surcharges, depending on the caliber. The higher the caliber, the higher the fees.

The FESAGSS has cited Section 5 of Republic Act 8294 as the basis of the filing of the case for illegal possession of firearms against the said gun owners.

Inquiries regarding the details of the procedures of the renewal of firearms licenses may be referred to FESAGGS at telephone number (033) 508-4517. (PRO6/PIA/AAL) [top]

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