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Recto pushes synchronized documentation of firearms

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By Vanne Elaine Terrazola

Senator Ralph Recto is seeking to synchronize the validity of the registration and the licenses to own and carry firearms and ammunition to four years.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto (Manila Bulletin file photo)

FILE PHOTO: Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto (MANILA BULLETIN)

Recto has filed Senate Bill 1611 pushing the amendment of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, which provides the guidelines on securing a gun license and sets limits to the number of firearms a person may own.

In his measure, Recto said the varying validity periods of gun registration and licenses contribute to red tape.

Under existing laws, an individual who wishes to own a firearm must secure a license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF), permit to carry firearms outside of residence or place of business (PTCFOR), and registration of firearms, and must renew these documents every two years, one year, and four years, respectively.

Recto said that while the Philippine National Police (PNP) already has regional centers to accommodate applications for firearms license, “efficiency dictates that there is a need to lessen contacts with government by providing for a standard period of validity of LTOPFs, PTCFORs, and registration of firearms.”

To rid bureaucracy, the senator said that the validity of the LTOPF and PTCFOR should be aligned with the four-year validity of the registration of firearms, of which the reckoning point is the birth date of the applicant or licensee.

Unless revoked or suspended, failure to renew the registration on or before the date of the expiration shall cause the revocation of the license of the firearm. The firearm shall be confiscated or forfeited in favor of the government after due process.

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