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PNP reminds gunholders to secure LTOPF before applying for PTCFOR

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
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THE Philippine National Police leadership yesterday reminded anew gun-holders to first secure a License to Own and Possess Firearms or LTOPF before applying for a Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence of Place of Business.
   
“No LTOPF, no PTCFOR,” said Senior Superintendent Ronald Oliver Lee, the official designated by PNP Officer-in-Charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina to oversee the operations of the PTCFOR Secretariat in a way that it would be ‘client-friendly.’
   
Lee said they are currently enforcing a still tight but already ‘relaxed’ policy on the issuance of PTCFORs to qualified individuals on orders of Gen. Espina. He said that they have been reviewing pending PTCFOR applications with complete requirements for approval and printing of cards and eventual release to their owners.
   
The official said that the new policy requires the PTCFOR applicant to submit an LTOPF and a National Bureau of Investigation clearance.  He said that another measure to address the delay in the issuance of gun permits is the plan to ‘regionalize’ the issuance of the firearms’ permits and licenses.
   
Under the tough Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act, all qualified individuals have been required to seek an LTOPF from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office.
   
The new gun law authorizes the PNP head, through the PNP-FEO to approve the issuance of LTOPF to qualified Filipinos after the processing of his/her written application.  The written authority allows an individual to own and possess a firearm in accordance with the law.
   
RA 10591 said that a qualified individual, based on the findings and recommendations of the PNP-FEO may be issued any of the following licenses:
  
Type 1 license which allows a citizen to own and possess a maximum of two registered firearms;
      
Type 2 license which allows a citizen to own and possess a maximum of five registered firearms;
    
Type 3 license which allows a citizen to own and possess a maximum of 10 registered firearms;
       
Type 4 license which allows a citizen to own and possess a maximum of 15 registered firearms and;
 
Type 5 license which allows a citizen who is a certified gun collector to own and possess more than 15 registered firearms.
    
For Types 3 to 5 licenses, the licensed citizen must comply with the inspection requirements of the PNP. Failure on their part to comply with any of the requirements mentioned by the law would be a ground for the cancellation of the license and/or registration.
 
All private individuals who are licensed holders of Class-A light weapon or self-loading pistols, rifles, carbines, submachine guns, assault rifles and light machine guns not exceeding caliber 7.62mm which have fully automatic mode, must comply with all the provisions pertaining to the acquisition of gun vaults and FEO inspection.
   
Lee told the Journal Group that they are also in constant coordination with the PNP-FEO in the wake of their move to make it easier for applicants to get a PTCFOR provided that all requirements have been submitted.     
   
“The procedure will be the same but right now, we are asking PTCFOR applicants to just submit their LTOPF certificate plus an NBI clearance since the requirements we are asking are the same as that required by the LTOPF,” Lee said.
   
Lee said that the new policy also allows senior citizens, retired government employees and elected and appointed government officials to get a PTCFOR for free provided that they submit an LTOPF and an NBI clearance and pay the P200 fee for the PTCFOR card.
   
Before, elected government officials like mayors are required to pay 50 percent of the actual PTCFOR fees.
   
PNP spokesman, Chief Supt. Generoso R. Cerbo Jr. said Gen. Espina has been authorized by the National Police Commission to issue firearms licenses and permits pursuant to Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013 and to approve and issue permits to import/transport ammunitions, explosives, firearms of any type/caliber, weapons systems and accessories attached or pertaining to air, naval and land assets.
   
RA 10591 states that the following professionals are considered to be in imminent danger due to the nature of their profession, occupation or business and hence are not required to submit their threat assessment certificates:  Members of the Philippine Bar; Certified Public Accountants; Accredited media practitioner from recognized media institutions; Cashiers and bank tellers; Priests, Ministers, Rabbi, Imams; Physicians and nurses; and businessmen who by the nature of their business or undertaking duly recognized or regulated by law, are exposed to high risk of being targets of criminal elements.
   
Lee said they are also relaxing their policy on ‘threat assessment’ amid reports that some enterprising officers are using the report to milk applicants.