In Republic Act No. 10591 otherwise known as the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act, penal provisions apply to unlawful acquisition and possession of firearms and ammunition.
Board Member Joseph Calanao, president of Sarangan Eagles Club, said “pag hindi mo na-renew yung registration or mag-expire yung license ng baril, considered siya as loose firearm. Kapag nahuli ka na walang mga dokumento yung baril mo, that is illegal possession of firearms.”
“This is in compliance to the national guideline na kailangan gawin as law-abiding citizens, so failure to observe that, of course may parusa,” Calanao noted.
In the processing of one’s LTOPF, gun enthusiasts/holders should undergo online registration of documents, followed by drug test, neuro examination, and gun safety seminar. The LTOPF certificate will only then be acquired after completing all clearances.
According to Police Major Heinrich Alafriz, officer-in-charge of Regional Civil Security Unit XII, LTOPF is being held because “the government allows us to have the possession and control of firearms for self-defense against any aggression.”
“This activity is a collaborative effort, not just of the PNP and the LGU, but also the concerned stakeholders, particularly on public safety and security, because accordingly, public safety and security is a shared responsibility,” said PLTCOL Joedy Lito Doria Guisinga, deputy provincial director for administration of the SPPO. (Jori Mae R. Samillano/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE)