MANILA - The Philippine National Police will give a chance for owners of loose firearms to apply for a license in September under its gun amnesty program, an official said.
Chief Superintendent Valeriano De Leon, director of the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office, said his office is still ironing out some details before starting the amnesty program.
"Ang amnestiya ay isang venue ng ating mamamayan na kung sila ay hindi nakapag-renew ng kanilang firearms noon, ganoon din sa mga taong nag-mamayari ng baril na hindi ito nalisensiyahan buhat pa man, o naipasok ito illegally," he said.
There are 1.8 million guns registered nationwide, according to PNP data. Of this number, 1.2 million were not renewed, De Leon said.
Applying for a license will cost P1,400 per gun for those who will take advantage of the gun amnesty program, said De Leon. Out the amount, P400 will be for firearms registration, P550 for the forensic exam, P250 for miscellaneous and P200 for card printing.
Under the gun amnesty program, the owner must first file the firearm in a blotter and get a special permit to transport the gun to a police station. The gun will be subject to forensic and ballistics exam, results of which will be submitted the concerned police department.
The payment and issuance of licenses will be done afterwards, and once the data is complete, then it goes to the firearms registration committee for official registration.
De Leon assured that those who incur a hit in their system will not be arrested. The PNP hopes that the gun amnesty program will encourage gun owners to have their firearms registered.