Alert! PNP to impose stricter rules on Licensing and Carrying of Firearms 18 August 2010
The PNP is set to sign and implement on 18 August 2010, stricter Rules on Licensing and Carrying of Firearms, and new stricter guidelines on availment of protective security for VIPs and citizens.
A summary of these stricter changes are:
Licensing and possession
1. The neuro psychiatric test must be conducted by the PNP Health Service NP Personnel and PNP Accredited NP testing Centers and Evaluators. The drug test must be administered by the PNP Crime laboratory. The Gun safety seminar must be handled by the PNP or registered gun club duly accredited by the PNP.
2. All licensed firearms shall be test fired for ballistics and their make, caliber, and serial number stenciled by the PNP crime laboratory every 4 years. Each application for renewal of firearms shall be accompanied by the certification that the firearm was test fired for ballistics and stenciled within the last 4 years.
Bearing of Firearms Outside of Residence
1. A person may apply for 1 PTCFOR each for each of such number of licensed privately-owned firearms he has, except long arms.
2. A person may be allowed to carry firearm outside of his residence or official station subject to the following conditions:
a) Only 1 short firearm covered by PTCFOR can be carried at any one time, by a person outside his residence
b) Members of the PNP, AFP, and other law enforcement agencies may carry their licensed privately-owned firearms, in furtherance of their official duties and functions, subject to the following conditions:
1) When in agency prescribed uniform
2) With corresponding MO/ LO issued by duly constituted authorities
3) With corresponding computerized firearms license card; and
4) While in the actual performance of official duties and functions
c) Members of the PNP, AFP and other law enforcement agencies who wish to carry their licensed privately-owned firearms outside of residence, while in civilian attire and not in furtherance of their official functions and duties, should apply for a regular PTCFOR covering such firearm.
3. Members of the PNP, AFP and other law enforcement agencies shall carry their government-issued firearms under the following conditions:
a) When in agency-prescribed uniform
b) With corresponding MR/ARE; and
c) While in the actual performance of official duties and functions
4. Members of the PNP, AFP and other law enforcement agencies must apply for a special permit, which shall be classified as PTCFOR-LEA, in order to be authorize to carry the corresponding government-issued firearm only outside of residence or of official station wearing civilian attire. The PTCFOR-LEA should always be accompanied by the corresponding MR/ARE.
5. The entitlement of provincial governors, city mayors, municipal mayors and punong barangays to possess and carry firearms within their territorial jurisdictions as guaranteed by the Local Government Code of 1991 shall be respected.
The following guidelines regarding the manner of carrying firearms shall be observed:
1. For members of PNP, AFP, and other LEAs:
a) When carried while in the agency-prescribed uniform, firearms shall be placed in a holster securely attached to the belt, except that military pilots in flying uniforms and crew of armored vehicle may carry their firearms in shoulder holsters;
b) When the agency-prescribed uniform does not include holster, or for those authorized to carry firearms outside of residence or of official station while in civilian attire, the firearm shall be concealed unless actually used for a legitimate purpose. Displaying a firearm, when not used for a legitimate purpose is prohibited;
c) The practice of flagrantly displaying a firearm, or tucking it in the waist or inserting it in the waistband while in uniform or in civilian attire is prohibited
d) Only such firearms specifically described in corresponding MR/ARE os MO/LO, or PTCFOR-LEA shall be carried.
2. For all other persons (civilians and members of PNP, AFP and other LEAs in civilian attire):
a) The firearm must be concealed in a hand baggage such as clutch bag, belt bag, gun case or any similar kits;
b) Displaying a firearm or tucking it at the waist or inserting the same in the waistband or holster is prohibited; and
c) The firearm must be secured inside a vehicle or motor cycle compartment.
Duty of Holder to present authority
It shall be the duty of any person who openly and in plain view bears of carries any firearm outside residence in civilian attire, to show the license and the corresponding PTCFOR before a law enforcer who requests presentation of such documents.
Gun Free Zones
a) The PNP through its Police Regional Offices, Police Provincial Offices, City Police Directors Chiefs of Police shall strongly advocate the establishment of gun free zones.
1) For this purpose Police Regional Directors, Provincial Directors, District Directors, and Chiefs of Police shall continuously work with their local government units to identify such critical areas within their respective localities, which may include school zones, places of worship, commercial and business districts and tourist spots, and proactively encourage the declaration of gun-free zones
2) RDs, PDs and COPs shall, through their respective Peace and Order Councils, exert optimal effort towards enactment of pertinent local ordinances that will declare identifies areas as gun free zones.
3) The CPNP shall issue a directive implementing a "strictly no firearms rule" in declared gun-free zones.
4) Only members of the PNP,AFP and other LEAs performing official duties and functions in agency prescribed uniform are authorized to bear firearms in these zones subject to conditions provided in this Circular
5) Regular PTCFORs will not be recognized and will have no effect within these gun-free zones.
1) carrying of firearms outside of residence without PTCFOR is absolutely prohibited. Once apprehended, it shall result in the cancellation of the license
2) bringing of firearms covered with PTCFOR to prohibited places shall also result in the cancellation of the license. A canceled license shall automatically invalidate the corresponding PTCFOR
3) The report submitted by the apprehending unit or office shall serve as a basis by the Firearms and Explosives Office to initiate the cancellation of the license
4) Once the license is canceled the licensee shall surrender the firearm immediately to the Firearms and Explosives Office or the nearest police station.
5) Habituality or recidivism in the commission of the aforementioned prohibitions may also result in temporary or permanent disqualification to possess or carry firearms subject to existing PNP rules ad regulations
6) Upon good cause shown, and subject to the discretion of the CPNP or his duly authorized representative, the status of the ex-licensee may be restored or the license may be revived, or if already expired, a renewal thereof could be made subject to existing laws, rules and regulations.