SC slaps TRO on new gun-control law

by Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 08 2014 06:23 PM | Updated as of Apr 09 2014 03:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) on Republic Act No. 10591 (the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act of 2013) or the new gun-control law.

The indefinite TRO restrains the Philippine National Police (PNP) from centralizing all firearms, applications and renewals at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.

It also ordered that the PNP continue to accept, process and approve licensing and renewals in all PNP regional offices, as well as ordered the reinstatement of previously accredited drug testing and neuro-psych centers and medical clinics in the regions and the National Capital Region for purposes of firearms licensing requirements.

The TRO also restrained the PNP from employing courier services for the delivery of approved firearms license cards, and from implementing the "waiver and consent" requirement for gun licensing and registration that allows the PNP to enter a gun applicant's residence for inspection.

The PNP was directed by the SC to file its comment on the two petitions against the new gun-control law.