Applications for gun ban exemptions may be filed online—Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said the public can now apply for the issuance of Certificates of Authority to bear, carry or transport firearms or deadly weapons in connection with the May 2016 elections may be accomplished and submitted online.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said those who are interested to apply for gun ban exemption may go to the special link in the poll body’s official website,

During the Election Period, from January 10, 2016 to June 8, 2016, it is prohibited to bear, carry or transport firearms or deadly weapons outside of residence or places of business, and in all public places, including any building, street, park and in private vehicles or public conveyances, even if a person is licensed or authorized to possess or carry the same, unless authorized by the Commission, through the Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBSFP).

The CBSFP is headed by poll body Commissioner Al Parred and senior officers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) as members.

In Resolution No. 10015, which outlined the “Rules and Regulations on the ban on the bearing, carrying or transporting of firearms and other deadly weapons and the employment, availment or engagement of the services of security personnel or body guards during the Election Period of the May 9, 2016 Synchronised National and Local Elections,” promulgated 13 November 2016, the COMELEC En Banc ruled that “only the Commission, through the CBFSP, has the sole and exclusive power to issue Certificates of Authority (CA).”

For more information on the 2016 Gun Ban, the public is encouraged to visit the official Comelec website or call its hotline, 525-9294. (PNA)

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