Lacson wants gun ban even after polls

Posted at Jan 14 2013 01:09 PM | Updated as of Jan 14 2013 09:09 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Panfilo Lacson is looking to restrict private gun owners' permit to carry firearms in public even after the election season.

The senator is pushing for an amended version of a Senate bill he filed, saying only military and police officers and personnel should be allowed to carry guns in public places.

"Ang prevailing perception pag nakakakita tayo ng sibilyan na may baril, we don't mind anymore. Hindi natin pinapansin. Ang iniisip natin malamang pulis yan o kaya may permit to carry yan," he said.

"Minsan malapit na sa banko, masama na ang plano di pa din natin pinapansin kaya lumalala ang krimen," he added.

Lacson said there is strong sentiment for stricter gun control in the Philippines following a spate of gun violence at the start of the new year.

ANC Dateline Philippines, January 14, 2013