Police arrest 2,032 persons for violating COMELEC gun ban

March 31, 2013 10:41 am 

MANILA, March 31 — The intensified drive on the ban of carrying of firearms and bladed weapons outside residence during the election period has netted the arrest of 2,032 persons nationwide as of March 29, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Chief Supt. Generoso R. Cerbo Jr., PNP spokesman, said of those arrested, 1,860 were civilians, 102 security guards, 28 government officials, 24 policemen, 13 soldiers, three militiamen, one fireman, and one jail guard.

One of those arrested was a British nation identified as Luke Chopard, 42, after he fired his gun in Barangay Gahak, Kawit, Cavite last Wednesday.

Residents called the police after Chopard fired his .22 caliber revolver, scaring civilians in the area. Why Chopard fired his gun was not mentioned in the police report.

Police are preparing criminal charges against Chopard.

During the election period, carrying of firearms outside the residence is prohibited even if they are licensed as provided for under Resolution No. 9561-A issued by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).

However, holders of licensed firearms may apply for exemption with the COMELEC before they could bring their guns outside their residence.

Since the election gun ban was implemented early this year, the PNP also seized 17,293 ammunition, 589 bladed weapons,106 grenades, and 299 other explosives. (PNA)

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