MANILA, Philippines - Don't risk arrest.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday, December 10, announced that gun owners with expired licenses have until December 31 to renew them. These gun owners should not expect amnesty, it added.
The PNP said there are 552,380 expired licenses which will be the subject of a crackdown starting January next year.
Director Lina Sarmiento of the Directorate for Police Community Relations said that starting Monday, policemen will personally visit homes of delinquent gun owners to urge them to renew their licenses.
"This is the first time that the PNP will do house visits to check on the existence of firearms. We are optimistic that with this, there will be more registered firearms this time," said Chief Supt Ricardo Marquez, deputy director for operations of the PNP.
In Cavite, 85 loose firearms -- 25 long firearms and 60 guns -- were turned over to policemen. The PNP said Cavite has the highest number of private armed groups with 14 active groups. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has about 5. - Rappler.com