The Philippine National Police is extending the validity of all registered firearms licenses expiring this year until next year.
PNP Chief, Director General Alan L Purisima approved the extension of the validity of firearms licenses due to expire in January-December 2014 to allow the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) to refocus more on the information technology enhancements of the firearms registration system under the newly enacted Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Law of 2013.
The extension of the validity of the firearms licenses was recommended by Police Director Melito Mabilin, Director of the PNP Civil Security Group; and Chief Superintendent Virgilio Moro Lazo, Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Office.
Mabilin said the extension of the validity of these firearms licenses was prompted by considerations regarding the period of publication of the revised fees and charges for registration and licensing requirements.
He said the information technology system for firearms registration is currently being upgraded to meet the demands of the service and the stakeholders which is crucial to the success of the licensing requirements.
As recommended by the CASG-FEO, the PNP chief also authorized local police offices to issue Permit to Transport (PTT) firearms to holders of License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) for ballistics and stenciling purposes as a requirement in the registration of firearms.#