The Commission on Elections will implement the gun ban starting Sunday, January 10 until June 8, 2016 which prevents gun owners from bringing their firearms outside their homes without securing the gun ban exemption from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Those who are authorized by the Comelec Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP) are allowed to carry firearms and deadly weapons outside residence or place of business, and in all public places, engage the services of security personnel, and transport firearms and explosives, including its spare parts and components for the whole duration.
According to Police Senior Superintendent Bejamin Acorda, Jr. of Palawan Provincial Police Office, even the police are not allowed to carry their service firearms when they are not in uniform.
“Kahit ang mga police ay hindi exempted sa gun ban,” Acorda said.
Civilian gun owners must secure exemption from Comelec which usually starts in the municipal Comelec and the processing will go until the en banc.
The Palawan PNP will set up check points in some areas in the province in relation to the gun ban implementation.
Because of the gun ban, issuance of firearms licenses are suspended for the whole duration along with issuance of permits to carry firearms outside residence.
Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residence (PTCFOR), Mission Orders, Letter Orders (LO), and Acknowledgement Receipts are also deemed without force or effect.
Those who will violate the ban will be penalized from 1 to 6 years imprisonment, permanent disqualification from public office and loss of right to vote; deportation for foreigners, but only after prison term is served; and cancellation of and/or perpetual disqualification to secure license or; permit.
The Comelec earlier announced that the implementation total gun ban will take effect in time for the start of the election period for the May 2016 presidential and local polls.
The Comelec has yet to release the list of those who are to be exempted from the Comelec’s total gun ban.
The campaign period for national candidates is set on Feb. 9 to May 7 while for local candidates will be on March 25 to May 7.