PNP intensifies campaign against loose firearms

By Venus H. Sarmiento

DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan — The Philippine National Police (PNP) urges gun owners to make sure their guns are licensed to avoid unwanted consequences with authorities.

Spokesperson Geraldo Roxas of Pangasinan Police office said the PNP has served several warrants to owners of loose firearms and all of these have been filed in courts.

Roxas said it always pays to abide by the law to avoid being accused of illegal possession of firearms. “Dapat ipalisensya dahil una sa lahat, protektado tayo ng batas,” Roxas said.

He said it is also the law which will determine if an applicant is fit to carry a gun. The gun owner must be a Filipino citizen, of legal age, possesses business permit for businessmen, oath of office for professionals and he must pay the corresponding fees.

Once a license is granted, the gun owner is allowed to carry the firearm inside his residence only. If he wishes to carry it outside his house, he should apply for a permit to carry outside residence, Roxas explained.

Roxas also advised the public to be wary of petty crimes like cellphone and bag snatching and pickpocketing especially these ‘Ber’ months when petty crimes arise.

He said 90 percent of the Pangasinan police force are deployed in streets and in populous areas to intensify police visibility and reduce the risk of crimes. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)