New gun law bars use of scopes, silencers


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Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and Providing Penalties for Violations thereof effectively bans the use of lasers, sniper scopes and silencers among private gun holders, the head of the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office said yesterday.

“We’re now drafting the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 10591 which will take effect within the next four months.  This will actually give us more teeth in curbing  gun-related crimes in the country,” said Chief Superintendent Raul D. Petrasanta.

Petrasanta said the following will be banned under RA 10591: a gun loaded with ammunition, a gun fitted or mounted with laser or any gadget used to guide, a gun fitted with sniper scopes, muffler or silencer, a gun accompanied by an extra barrel and a gun which has been converted to fire fully automatic burst.

“Private gun holders who will be found violating any of the above-said prohibitions will find themselves facing more heavy penalties since any violation of the prohibition is an aggravating circumstance punishable by one-degree higher,” the PNP-FEO director said.

PNP chief, Director General Alan LM Purisima, earlier led the PNP in expressing gratitude to President Aquino for signing the tough gun control measures to address illegal possession of firearms and ammunition in the wake of high-profile gun attacks specifically involving motorcycle-riding assassins and thieves in Metro Manila and even the so-called road rage shootings.

“We believe that the new gun law will help us curb down gun-related crimes in the country and help us establish effective firearms control in the land,” the PNP chief said.

The PNP also said  the new law will also help them put to jail law offenders including members of organized crime gangs, PAGs and other  lawless elements known for carrying automatic weapons equipped with silencers and scopes. 

Petrasanta said RA 10591 imposes the following penalties for possession of illegal firearm:

1 firearm is punishable by prision mayor or 6 months and 1 day to 12 years;

3 or more firearms punishable by reclusion temporal or 12 years and 1 day to 20 years  to reclusion perpetua or 20 years and 1 day to 40 years;

Class A light weapon is punishable by prision mayor maximum  or from 10 years and 1 day to 12 years;

Class B light weapon is punishable by reclusion perpetua  or from 20 years and 1 day to 40 years;

Major part of small arm and Class A light weapon is punishable by prision mayor medium or from 8 years and 1 day to 10 years;

Small arm and light weapon ammunition is punishable by prision mayor medium absorbed if possession of same or from 8 years and 1 day to 10 years and; Major part of Class B light weapon or ammo is punishable by prision mayor maximum or from 10 years and 1 day to 12 years.

The same law also criminalizes the possession, manufacture, sale, acquisition or disposition of firearms, ammunition and explosives or instruments used in the manufacture of firearms, ammunition and explosives.

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