CARAGA police urge owners of loose firearms to renew licenses

October 18, 2012 10:07 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 18 — Host to more than 8,400 loose firearms, the Police Regional Office-13 has urged owners of firearms with expired licenses to renew their documents to avoid possible legal consequences.

Supt. Martin Gamba, Public Information Officer of PRO-13, said based on their latest estimate there are about 8,430 loose firearms proliferating in CARAGA Region.

Based on police data, there are about 5,900 firearms registered to the Firearms and Explosive Division but with expired licenses; 450 various firearms in the hands of the communist New People’s Army; more or less 10 now with criminal gangs; some 320 with wanted individuals and 1,750 are homemade firearms.

”A firearm is considered loose when its license expires. Those who fail to seek renewal of their gun license will be subject to police operations,” Gamba said in a press statement issued to Camp Crame reporters.

“In the pursuit to run after those unauthorized gun holders and put them behind the bars of justice, PRO 13 has intensified the conduct of checkpoints, on- the-spot gun check operations, and service of search warrants,” added Gamba.

On the other hand, owners who are no longer interested to renew should surrender their firearms to the nearest police station to avoid criminal prosecution.

Gamba said the police operations against loose firearms are also part of the campaign to ensure the safe and peaceful 2013 midterm elections.

Earlier, the PNP-FED said there are a more than 600,000 firearms with expired licenses in the country.

It said efforts are ongoing to encourage the owners to renew their licenses which are considered "loose" or illegal.(PNA)

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