In the Philippines, Senate OKs law on firearms, ammunition

Image: Jun Acullader/flickr The Senate has passed on third and…

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The Senate has passed on third and final reading a measure that will provide a comprehensive law on firearms and ammunition as well as penalties for violating the law.

The proposed Act also amends Presidential Decree 1866 on laws on unlawful possession, manufacture and dealing in the acquisition or disposition of firearms and ammunition.

It also mandates that the use of loose firearms, when inherent to the commission of a crime punishable under the Revised Penal Code or other special laws, will be considered an aggravating circumstance.

Under the proposal, only a Filipino citizen at least 21 years old and has gainful work, occupation or business or has filed an income tax return for the preceding year as proof of income, profession, business or occupation can acquire a gun.

The measure also outlines requirements that an applicant must submit to be able to get or buy a gun. These include certifications showing that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude; he or she passed a psychiatric test administered by a PNP-accredited psychologist or psychiatrist; passed a drug test; and a gun safety seminar, among others.

Read the rest of the Christina Mendez’s article for the The Philippine Star at

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  • EGS

    looks like a Feinstein proposal