Sotto asks Comelec to exempt people who have license to carry guns

September 28, 2010 10:55 am 

MANILA, Sept. 27 – Senator Vicente Sotto III asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday to revise the gun ban rules to exempt people who have permits to carry firearms from the ban during the election period for the coming Oct. 25 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

In a five-page letter, the lawmaker said the poll body should also include those who are licensed gun holders since it is provided for by the law.

“It is respectfully requested) that Resolution 9028 be modified or amended allowing exemption from the gun ban those persons with licensed firearms upon application and written authority from the Honorable Commission pursuant to Section 32 of Republic Act 7166,” said Sotto, through his lawyer, Romulo Macalintal.

The provision of the Synchronized National and Local Elections law states that: “During the election period, no person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons in public places, including any building, street, park, private vehicle or public conveyance, even if licensed to possess or carry the same, unless authorized in writing by the Commission.”

“It is respectfully submitted that the Honorable Commission cannot motu propio set aside or disregard the right of any person, like the undersigned, possessing a permit to carry firearm, to seek written authority from the Commission to be exempted from the aforesaid gun ban as clearly granted by R.A. 7166,” Sotto said.

Last week, the Commission decided to readopt the rules on gun ban implemented in the May 10 polls.

Under the gun ban rules, only personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are exempted from carrying firearms, as well as provide security details during the entire election period.

On the other hand, Comelec Commissioner and Chairman of Committee on the Ban of Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP) Lucenito Tagle said they will discuss the matter in their en banc meeting on Tuesday. (PNA)

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