LTOPF, mandatory requirement for firearms registration, license renewal: PRO1 director

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO-Police Chief Superintendent Roman A. Felix,   Regional Director of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) urged all gun holders in the region especially those with expired and unrenewed licenses to secure their License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) as mandatory requirement for firearms registration and firearms license renewal.

The LTOPF is a written authority granted by the Chief, Philippine National Police through the Chief of Firearms and Explosive Office (FEO) to a qualified individual for him/her to own and possess firearm in accordance with Republic Act 10591 otherwise known as the “Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act.”

Felix said that under the new firearms’ law, an individual is not allowed to own and possess a firearm without securing first the LTOPF same through with renewal of firearms license.

“In order to qualify and acquire LTOPF based on IRR of R.A. 10591 aside from the documentary requirements, an applicant must be a Filipino citizen, at least 21 years old at the time of filing his/her written application, has gainful work, occupation, or business or has filed an Income Tax Return (ITR) for the preceding year as proof of income,” PCSupt. Felix added.

The necessary requirements for LTOPF include clearances issued by Regional Trial Court (TRC) and Municipal/Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) that has jurisdiction over the place  where the applicant resides and/or Sandiganbayan; neuro-psychiatric clearance from the PNP Health Service; drug test and biometrics from the PNP Crime Laboratory; gun safety and responsible gun ownership seminar certificate; national police clearance; NBI clearance; NSO birth certificate; proof of latest billing; at least two (2) valid IDs; ITR, certificate of employment, business permit, or any appropriate document as proof of income; appointment order, oath of office (for government employee);  J9 clearance (for military reservists); and retirement order or appropriate documents (for retired government employee).

Meanwhile, a PNP caravan from the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame that will test-run the issuance of LTOPF will be in Region 1 on September 15-19, 2014.#