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Amnesty for loose firearms extended to Nov. 30

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – Pres. Gloria Arroyo has approved the extension of the amnesty for loose firearms for another one month.

This was contained in the President’s Executive Order No. 817-A providing for the extension of the final general firearms amnesty under Section 2 of Executive Order No. 817 dated July 7, 2009 recently promulgated by Malacanang.

The firearms amnesty should have ended midnight of October 31 but with the extension, it will last until November 30.

The gun amnesty extension was recommended to the President by the National Firearms Control Program Executive Committee (NFCP EXECOM) due to public clamor for more time to register their firearms, particularly from areas affected by flooding brought about by tropical storms “Ondoy” and “Pepeng”.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Jesus Verzosa said that even with the amnesty in effect, aggressive police action will continue to account for loose firearms in the hands of threat groups and criminal elements through internal security and anti-criminality operations.

The extension of the gun amnesty period will synchronize with the expected passage into law of House Bill No. 6779, or the proposed Gun Control Act, which seeks to impose stiffer penalties against those caught in possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

Meanwhile, the Region 1 police, has reported to the national secretariat of “Bilang Boga,” to have received and processed 1,799 applications for loose firearms registration and 2,658 applications for firearms license renewal. The figures represent PRO1’s accomplishment on the gun amnesty program for the period ending October 31, 2009.#