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article imageOp-Ed: Gun Control Laws - Protecting citizens or enabling criminals? Special

By Maria Elisa Anacay     Dec 2, 2013 in Crime
Manila - As crime rates rise, it is becoming imperative for some civilians to own a firearm to protect themselves and their families. However, are the new gun control laws in place to protect civilians or to empower criminals?
This question is in the minds of many responsible gun owners in the Philippines. The introduction of Republic Act No. 10591 or Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act calls for stricter licensing requirements, including more stringent processes and procedures to obtain Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR). With the amount of firearms owners in the Philippines, the added steps could delay their long-awaited papers.
The recently concluded 21st Defense and Sporting Arms Show aimed to minimize this wait by offering a one-stop shop for PTCFOR, while working with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help gun owners secure their PTCs. For some gun owners, there were already too many requirements in the first place.
A gun enthusiast (who refused to be named) even mentioned how the laws could prevent law-abiding citizens from securing the right paperwork for their firearms. “Responsible gun owners follow the laws,” he said. “Criminals don’t. All this will do is to make responsible gun owners turn away from legalizing their guns.”
However, the law which requires Neuro-Psychiatric Test and a gun safety seminar, ensures that civilian gun owners are equipped with the proper know-how to ensure that they will be handling their guns responsibly. While RA 10591 may be enforcing stricter rules, these rules are in place to protect not only gun owners but the defenseless civilians as well.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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