MANILA, Philippines- The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced that it will soon start to simplify the requirements in getting a firearm’s permit under the new gun control law or the Republic Act 10591.
Because of growing complaints from gun holders that the requirements of the PNP are excessive and have delayed the processing of thousands of gun licenses, PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said last Monday, April 27 that they are now working to simplify the process to secure a license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF).
He ordered the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) to make it easier for legitimate gun owners to comply with the requirements under Republic Act 10591 or the new gun control law. He added that the FEO should look into a process where gun holders will be able to comply with the law in a simple way.
Under RA 10591, all gun owners must first secure LTOPF before they could have their firearms registered.
Espina said he ordered to simplify the requirements in getting gun permit because the real enemies are not the law-abiding gun owners but are the unlicensed gun holders.
That is why he emphasized the need to complement the process of simplifying the requirements with an intensified effort to crack down on loose firearms.
Espina is also pushing for the decentralization of the application process for the LTOPF and the permit to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR). Which means, LTOPF and PTCFOR applicants can process their applications at the PNP regional offices instead of going to Camp Crame in Quezon City.
He appealed to the people to be more understanding why there’s a temporary delay in the issuance of permit to carry firearms outside residence since he has limited powers as PNP officer-in-charge.
The new policy on gun license and PTCFOR processing will take effect on May.