MANILA, Philippines - Enthusiasts of air guns and air rifles will have to keep their guns in storage until June this year after a nationwide gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections goes into effect Sunday.
Comelec Resolution 8714 issued last December 17, 2009 bans all persons from carrying firearms and deadly weapons in public places including public buildings, streets, parks and private vehicles from January 10 to June 9, 2010.
Aside from regular firearms and deadly weapons, also covered by the ban are air guns and replications, as well as bladed instruments, hand grenades, and other explosives except for fireworks.
The resolution identifies those who may bear firearms, including the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), security personnel of the Philippine Ports Authority, Bureau of Immigration, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Bureau of Customs, Manila International Airport Authority and accredited security agencies.
This means private individuals, acting as bodyguards of politicians, will no longer be allowed to carry firearms.
Comelec said candidates for the 2010 elections would have to pick their security detail from law enforcement agencies or private security agencies accredited by the PNP.
Comelec said candidates for local elective posts, as well as public officials or private individuals, will have to file their applications for security escorts before the Regional Joint Security Control Desks in their respective areas that would be chaired by the Comelec regional director.
Candidates for national elective positions seeking security detail should file their applications at the Comelec main office in Intramuros.