http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Headlines&p=49&type=2&sec=24&aid=20070730187 Headlines Yearlong gun amnesty on PNP By Cecille Suerte Felipe Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Holders of unlicensed guns may now apply for licenses under an amnesty issued by President Arroyo last Dec. 11, after surrendering their firearms to the nearest police headquarters in the regions, provinces and cities outside Metro Manila, and in Camp Crame for those in the National Capital Region. Paltiks or homemade firearms are not covered by the gun amnesty. Under the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) approved by Philippine National Police Chief Director General Oscar Calderon, surrendered paltiks would be destroyed. Documents sent to The STAR showed that the gun amnesty shall apply to all individuals who surrender unregistered firearms from June 14, 2007 to June 13, 2008. Under the IRR, any applicant for a license to possess unregistered/loose firearms shall first secure a permit to transport (PTT) before carrying the firearm and ammunition to city police offices, police provincial offices and police regional offices. In Metro Manila, all applications and PTT shall be processed at the Firearms and Explosives Division (FED) and Civil Security Group (CSG) in Camp Crame in Quezon City. According to the document, the chiefs of the city police, provincial police directors, regional directors, directors of the CSG or FED, may issue the PTT. After securing the PTT, the applicant shall properly wrap and label the firearm and ammunition and submit them to FED, CSG or the police office where the PTT was issued. The FED, CSG or the concerned police office shall then submit the firearm to the nearest PNP Crime Laboratory for stencil tracing and test firing, and for forensic ballistics sample at the expense of the applicant. After the stencil has been taken and the test firing conducted, the firearm shall be transmitted back to FED, or to the concerned CPO, PPO, and PRO that shall issue the order of payment for licensing. The applicant shall then file with the ED or the police office concerned his/her duly accomplished application form together with the ballistics test-firing and stencil certificate, firearms bond, Special Bank receipts (SBR) and other required documents. Individuals are required to bring proof of citizenship/birth certificate, proof of identity/name, proof of address/billing, proof of qualification/profession/ vocation, police and NBI clearances, neuro-psychiatric evaluation, drug test result, certificate of training/seminar on gun handling and safety. The applicant for gun amnesty shall pay the amount of P2,000 for the license to possess firearms, which include a rifle cal. 22, shotgun (all gauges) and all handguns (pistols/revolvers) cal .22 to .38 or 9mm. The applicant shall pay the amount of P3,000 for the license to possess high powered firearms or rifles, and all other handguns. Records from the FED showed about 48 percent of the 900,000 licensed gun holders have failed to renew their licenses. FED director Chief Superintendent Florencio Caccam said that 48 percent of the 900,000 or almost 450,000 firearms will be added to the list of over 100,000 loose firearms if the owners fail to renew the license immediately.