‘Gun control, not gun ban’

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Sen. Gringo Honasan wants to raise the penalty for illegal gun possession to 12 years imprisonment from the current six to 12 years. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Instead of a total gun ban, groups on both sides of the gun debate on Thursday urged senators to pass a bill that would enforce stricter gun controls to prevent crimes related to loose firearms.

Sen. Gringo Honasan, chairman of the committee on public order, said a “comprehensive” bill that spells out graver penalties for possession of unregistered firearms could still be approved in the nine remaining session days between January and February if President Aquino certifies the bill as urgent.

Honasan wants to raise the penalty for illegal gun possession to 12 years imprisonment from the current six to 12 years.

Senators urged

At a hearing called by the Honasan meeting Thursday, representatives of the Firearms Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (Famap), Gunless Society of the Philippines, Peaceful Responsible Owners of Guns (ProGun), National Prosecutors League of the Philippines and Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) urged senators to work on provisions for tighter gun control.

Claiming that illegal firearms are the ones “causing crimes in the country,” Famap’s Gina Marie Angangco said Famap supported “stiffer penalties for unlicensed possession and manufacture.”

State prosecutor Ferdinand Parayno argued that a total gun ban would work against the interest of government officials whose lives may be under threat from those who are displeased by their official acts.

‘Privilege subject’

 

“Gun ownership should be the right of qualified citizens. Gun possession should be a mere privilege subject to the stringent requirements,” he told the committee.

Parayno asked senators to study the nuances of the law that absorbs the offense of illegal possession of firearms in a greater offense where an unlicensed gun is used.

He said there might be cases when a suspect could be slapped with a separate charge of illegal possession of firearms.

Gunless Society’s Norman Cabrera reminded senators that the late President Corazon Aquino certified the Anti-Deadly Weapons bill in 1991. But while the bill was approved in the Senate, it was “gunned down in the House of Representatives.”

“For President Aquino, this would be an opportunity to fulfill the task left by his mother,” Cabrera said.

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  • john clark

    You know they tried this a few years back during Marcoses time that didnt work… It got changed during FVRS time. It turns out going to prison for an illegal gun is more punishing than the crime actually commited… Case in point Robin Padillia illegal weapons charge, got more years for prison than if he actually robbed a bank with a gun… Law changed under FVR…

    Are we going back to the Marcos era gun laws that can be used by crooked cops to put people into prison? Sinasabi plinantingan ng baril?

    I kind of doubt the president will certify this as urgent, because of the reason above… Take note… The Presidents Father NINOY AQUINO was charge also with Illegal possesion of firearms that Former President Marcos’s thugs did the planting… I’m sure he remembers this… And does Noynoy trust this man who’s thugs put 5 slugs in his body?

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Hindi lang dapat higpitan ang parusa sa illegal possession! Sa umpisa pa lang ng pagkuha ng baril ay duon umpisahan ang paghihigpit. Bukod sa background at psychological checks ay bigyan ng one week or one month na training ang kukuha ng baril kung paano humawak, pumutok, mag store at mag transport. Always assume na ang baril ay loaded at hindi dapat tinututok kahit saan na hindi ligtas, lalong lalo na paitaas. Yung mga may baril na at lisensiya ay idaan sa pagsubok kung sila nga ay karapat dapat humawak ng baril. Bigyan disiplina ang mga kukuha at ang mga may baril na. Dapat ito ay ipatupad na wag haluan ng katiwalian!

  • Garo Ungaro

    This is a good move. (12) years for mere illegal possession of illegal fire arms…maybe more years for illegal guns used in any crime…Hope, this law will be implemented.

    • john clark

      This was implemented under Marcos… He put may people to prison because mas madali mag-tanim ng baril kay sa drugs! Because guns are more widely available and drugs are difficult to get. Also if a cop gets caught with drugs to plant sabit sya pwede sabihin drug user sya but it’s easy if its a gun many excuses can be made. Like he found it… or confiscated it from someone…

  • Rex_Ranhilio

    The gun ban is unnecessary.

    That is, if only the authorities will strictly and consistently implement the laws regulating the ownership and possession of firearms, and penalizing the illegal possession thereof, not just during election periods.

    In short the solution is not more legislation, but implementation.

  • marcial101

    There is no need to raise the penalty for illegal gun possession to 12 years imprisonment from the current six to 12 years,
    just intensify the implementation of the law and for the police to re program its pursue of unlicense/ loose firearm. they can cunduct operation bakal more frequently and established checkpoint more frequently to deter criminal elements 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    Priorities my dear sirs. There is very little we can do if a madman decides to run amok and kill people. We cannot know when and where and who will strike. Take away guns, the madman will just pick a knife, use a car to mow down innocents. What you want to happen will not happen considering your track record of enforcement, Pick a lower lying fruit.

    Priorities. How many died recently due to gun-related incidents? How many died in the floods last year and in 2011? We know the root cause of these catastrophes is corruption, illegal logging. What has been done? Which is a greater crime and a higher priority.

    Should we wait for thousands more to die this Xmas?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PZR7JI7G2WD2CTVMZ7LM667FD4 Ugly Bunny

    Now that we know the bribery of Enrile,  who are you to talk law and order?

  • Your_King

    No such thing as gun ban in the Philippines. It would just mean that everyone who had guns legally will just end up still having guns but this time illegally. And if you are an Aquino KKK even if you have illegal firearms then it doesn’t matter…just ask Llamas.

  • 33Sam

    Tried to post but the Inquirer is a chicken hearted patsy for the New World Order

  • 33Sam

    My first post was censored.

  • 33Sam

    Notice how whatever is trending in the US it starts to trend in the Philippines? Gun ban is the first step to Nazi internment camps and mass genocide. If Filipinos study their history the same criminal bankers who run this planet pulled the puppet strings to get Marcos to ban guns. Are Filipinos their own men?

  • 33Sam

    Honasan calling for stiffer gun penalties when he’s an historic figure for leading coups at the end of a gun? Looking ridiculous seems to be a Filipino staple. See-saw effect on everything we do? One minute we’re in the next minute we’re out? Just like Al-Qaeda was the terrorist who brought down the Twin Towers, now Al-Qaeda is working for the CIA killing Christians in Syria.

  • 33Sam

    What does this mean? It means we do not control our destiny but are controlled by criminal mega bankers who decide which hand we are to use to wipe.  Rather than be mindless organisms aping the top 1% why don’t we learn how to be men? Make our own laws and make our own decisions? When Ramos made that midnight EO on Agenda 21, he saddled the Philippines with eventual land confiscation and annihilation by these bankers.

  • 33Sam

     Why is it that its always one set of rules for the haves and one set for the have nots? You people are ridiculous. Senators, do your jobs defending the Filipino race, stop trying to help those that wish to exterminate it! The male of the species turned into females. Ever notice that? Thanks to years of social engineering, the Filipino lost control of his gonads.

  • 33Sam

     Why not be like Iceland and kick the  bankers out?

  • disqusted0fu

    Stricter gun control, gun ban, it doesn’t matter. As long as Pnoy and his shooting buddies are exempted, he doesn’t give one bit about it.

  • DeadInHell

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