DILG approves new fees, charges for firearms and ammunition service

October 8, 2014 6:48 am 

MANILA, Oct. 7 — Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II on Tuesday approved the new schedule of fees/rates and charges relative to the regulation of firearm holders, firearms and ammunition.

In a statement, Roxas said the revision of fees and charges was formulated by the PNP and firearms stakeholders in order to defray the expenses related to the effective implementation of the provisions of Republic Act no. 10591 entitled “The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act”.

The RA 10591 was enacted to regulate the ownership, possession, carrying, manufacture, dealing in and importation of firearms, ammunition, or parts to provide legal support to law enforcement agencies in their campaign against crime, stop the proliferation of illegal firearms or weapons and the illegal manufacture of firearms or weapons, ammunition and parts.

The new charges would be enforced nationwide by the Firearms and Explosives Office that oversees gun control.

A license to possess and own a firearm (LTOPF) is valid for two years. It can range from Php 1,000 to Php 10,000. The card fee will be at Php 200.An LTOPF holder will pay the following fees if applying for the following:

sports shooter’s license will cost Php 1,000;

antique firearm collector’s license will cost Php 2,000;

gun collector’s license will cost Php 5,000;

permit to transport will cost Php 200; and

permit to carry firearms outside of residence will cost Php P6,000.

The gun safety seminar fee will cost Php P500, validation of gun safety seminar fee issued by recognized and authorized gun clubs will cost Php P100, while carrying additional ammunition for licensed shorts shooter will cost Php P1,500.

The PNP also released its new rates for ballistic test fees for firearms, which range from Php 350 to Php 1,400, depending on the type and caliber of the firearm to be examined.

The registration of firearms is valid for four years. It will cost Php 1,600 for small arms and Php 4,000 for light weapons, to be paid by the LTOPF holder or licensed juridical entity.

A licensed antique firearm collector must register unserviceable antique firearms with a one-time registration fee of P4,000. Serviceable antique firearms must be registered every four years, with small arms costing Php 1,600 and light weapons, Php 4,000.

Meanwhile, the license to manufacture will be valid for five years and can range from Php 60,000 to Php 80,000, depending on the product to be manufactured such as firearms, ammunition, accessories, air guns, bullet proof vests, sporting riflescope, reload ammunition, etc.

The manufacturers engaged in the production of firearms, ammunition and accessories for sale to the PNP, authorized law enforcement agencies or foreign counterparts would be also required to apply for a license to manufacture.

On the other hand, dealers must apply for a license which will be valid for five years and the fees ranging from Php 9,000 to Php 30,000 depending on the products being sold. (PNA)



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