More than 25K unlicensed firearms traced

By October 17, 2021Crime Notes

THERE are some 25,633 firearms in Pangasinan whose licenses were not renewed per records of the Regional Civil Security Unit 1 (RCSU) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to P/Lt. Col. Regina Abanales, RCSU chief, the high number only represents documented but unlicensed firearms in the province.

Abanales bared this during the License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) caravan in the region.

She urged firearms holders to register and/or renew their firearm license to avoid being charged for illegal possession of firearms.

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the LTOPF caravan continues to reach as many towns and cities in the region to help facilitate the renewal and registration of firearms of gun owners considering the difficult travel due to quarantine restrictions.

Holders of unlicensed firearms holders will be subjected to the PNP’s Oplan Katok with search warrants that will result in the confiscation of their firearms.

Registration of guns is valid for four years, while license to carry and possess is valid for two years.

Gun holders who are unable to renew their licenses since 2013 will need to pay penalties.

Meanwhile, Abanales clarified that not all LTOPF applications are automatically granted. (Ahikam Pasion)

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