THE Commission on Elections has released the rules and regulations for the Gun Ban and other prohibited acts during the Election Period of the May 13, 2019 National and Local Elections, which will run from January 13, 2019 up to June 12, 2019. Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said it is prohibited to bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons within the election period.
Pursuant to Comelec Resolution No. 10446, however, qualified persons and entities may seek exemption to the Gun Ban and other prohibited acts by applying for the appropriate Certificate of Authority at the Comelec through the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel.
Application forms and requirements for the issuance of a CA must be submitted to the CBFSP Office at the Comelec Main Office in Intramuros, Manila from December 1, 2018 to May 29, 2019.
Unless properly covered by a CA, any permit to carry firearm/s outside one’s residence or place of business will be ineffective and without force and effect during the Election Period.
Jimenez said that during the Election Period, it is also prohibited to employ, avail of or engage the services of security personnel or bodyguards. It is also prohibited to transport and deliver firearms and/or its parts, ammunition and/or its components, and explosives and/or its components unless duly authorized by the Comelec through the CBFSP.
“Violation of these prohibited acts shall constitute an election offense as provided for in Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code,” he warned.