Friday, September 5, 2014

PNP-Bicol now accepts applications for gun licenses, permits

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept. 4 (PNA) -- The Firearms and Explosives, Security Agencies and Guards Supervision Section (FESAGS) of the regional police office for Bicol based here announced Thursday that it is now accepting applications for License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) and Firearms Registration.

The LTOPF is a license granted by the Chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) through FESAGS to an individual who is qualified to own and possess a firearm.

Through LTOPF, licensed individuals and firearms are duly registered and recorded, thus, making them legal, according to Chief Supt. Victor Deona, the PNP regional director based at Camp Gen. Simeon A. Ola here.

Requirements for application, Deona said, include two copies of duly accomplished LTOPF Application Forms, clearances from the Regional Trial Court and Municipal Trial Court covering the place of residence of the applicant, Neuro-Psychiatric Clearance issued by the PNP Regional Health Service and results of drug test and biometrics conducted by the PNP Regional Crime Laboratory Service.

Other requirements are certificate of gun safety and responsible gun ownership seminar from an accredited gun safety instructor, clearance from the Police Directorate for Intelligence, birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office or valid passport, latest proof of billing and two valid government-issued identification cards.

Private employees applying for LTOPF must also submit a certificate of employment or latest income tax return (ITR); businessmen--business permit, Department of Trade and Industry certificate or ITR; government officials or employees -- latest appointment order or oath of fffice; military reservist -- J9 clearance and reservist ID; active PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippine Coast Guard personnel— appointment order; and senior citizen—senior citizen ID.

On the other hand, Deona said, requirements for registration of firearms are three copies of duly accomplished application forms, LTOPF, proof of billing and firearms bond.

Filing of applications is ongoing and no deadline has been set, meaning, interested applicants may come to the FESAGS regional office anytime during office hours for the purpose, he said.

“We are intensifying this gun registration and licensing processes as we relentlessly campaign to recover most, if not all, the loose firearms in the possession of unlicensed individuals in the region,“ Deona said.

There are around 30,000 loose firearms in Bicol based on police intelligence reports and records of un-renewed gun registrations and licenses as of last year, he said.

Based on the regional PNP records, Camarines Sur has a total of 11,412 unregistered firearms, the biggest compared to the other five provinces in the region.

Albay came next with 7,829, followed by Masbate with 4,403, Camarines Norte with 2,860, Sorsogon, 2,777, and Catandunes, 694.

In the campaign against these loose firearms, Deona said, he has tasked each of the seven city and 107 municipal police stations in the six provinces of Bicol to recover at least one—either surrendered or confiscated—per month.

For police stations covering capital towns, cities or bigger and urbanized localities, the monthly firearm target is higher at three so that the overall result would hit the goal of three percent per month in the reduction of loose firearms in the region, he explained.

“So far, most local police stations are accomplishing these targets,” Deona added. (PNA) FPV/FGS/DOC/CBD/