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PNP wants jail term for delinquent gun owners

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PNP wants jail term for delinquent gun owners
Updated June 08, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) is pushing for gun owners who are delinquent in renewing their firearm licenses to be jailed for six months.

PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa said there were over 500,000 firearms with expired licenses but were previously registered with the Firearms and Explosives Division (FED).

In an interview with The STAR, Verzosa said the PNP has already submitted its proposal to the National Police Commission (Napolcom) for guns whose license has not been renewed within six months to be considered as loose firearms and their registered owners jailed for six months.

He noted that the proposal needs legislation, and the PNP, in coordination with the Napolcom, will closely work with the House of Representatives and Senate.

At present, Verzosa said firearm holders with expired licenses ignore their responsibility, knowing they will just pay a fine for not renewing their firearm license on time.

Verzosa earlier announced that the PNP is working on guidelines to support their plans of requesting the local government units and local police to conduct house-to-house visitations to remind gun holders to renew their expired firearm licenses.

At present, the PNP estimates there are 1.1 million loose firearms in the country and more than half of the figure represent firearms with expired licenses, while the rest are in the hands of threat groups, criminals and the general population.

He earlier issued Letter of Instruction Kontra Boga, which stated that the PNP’s target is to reduce the number of loose firearms by at least 300,000 a month nationwide.– Cecille Suerte Felipe
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Perhaps the PNP should also consider lowering the license renewal fees. I'm sure a lot more gun owners would be able to renew the licenses regularly if the costs were not so prohibitive.

Although I doubt the PNP would even think of this. The only reason they tolerate civilian ownership of guns is because this generates a lot of income for them. They want the revenue stream, that's why they want loose firearms registered.
its the signs of times...
sorry for having this conspiracy theory. But I think the is just a small part of a big plan - a plan to stay in power and avoid getting prosecuted for crimes against the people "(
That is quite believable, bro EDTF. Firearms control/restriction is a growing trend in a number of countries.

It is possible that this drive to register loose firearms is just a precursor to eventual confiscation. They did this during the Marcos era, right?

They get the money, and grab the guns as well. Talk about having your cake and eating it too.
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