210 arrested for violating poll gun ban


Posted at Feb 11 2013 07:19 PM | Updated as of Feb 12 2013 03:19 AM

MANILA - A total of 210 people have been arrested by Metro Manila police for violating the election gun ban.

In 1,520 checkpoints set up in the metropolis from January 13 to February 11, police seized 115 firearms, 8 grenades and explosives, and 98 deadly weapons from the suspects, authorities said.

Quezon City police seized the biggest haul of guns with 29, followed by the Southern Police District with 26, the Northern Police District with 25, the Manila Police District with 22, and the Eastern Police District with 13.

Police earlier said they have arrested 635 gun ban violators nationwide.

The PNP said from the 635 arrested, 569 were civilians.

A total of 41 security guards, 11 government officials, 11 police officers, 2 soldiers and a CAFGU member were also arrested for carrying guns.

Police have also confiscated 556 firearms, 164 bladed weapons, 20 airsoft guns, 20 grenades, and 3,537 ammunition since the election gun ban was implemented on January 13.