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PNP steps up campaign against loose firearms

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 4, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 18:57:00 09/04/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has stepped up its campaign against loose or unregistered firearms, vowing for total disarmament of unregistered guns before the end of the one-year amnesty period for unlicensed guns in November.

In a statement, PNP director general Avelino Razon Jr. said the police have accounted for more than 2,500 loose firearms and have arrested 2,243 individuals for illegal possession of firearms in the past six months.

Razon added that more than 9,000 private individuals took advantage of the one-year amnesty period granted by the PNP to register their unlicensed guns.

“There is no let-up in our continuing campaign to rid the streets and communities of unlicensed guns and other illegal weapons,” he said.

Razon has also instructed all police officials to intensify their campaign against the use of unlicensed guns, citing a correlation between increased criminalities to loose firearms.

“There is a direct correlation between the number of loose firearms on the streets and the number of crimes committed with the use of firearms,” he added.

Razon said there were still more than 100,000 firearms unaccounted for.

Meanwhile, Chief Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome, PNP spokesman, said they have received more than 9,200 applications for gun license. He also encouraged gun owners without license to avail of the one-year amnesty.

“We encourage holders of loose firearms to submit these guns for processing, and apply for license to possess these weapons,” he said.


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