Gun clubs volunteer to have guns muzzled
LINGAYEN – Different gun clubs in Pangasinan volunteered to have their guns muzzled and signed to support the Philippine National Police’s campaign against indiscriminate firing of guns during the new year celebration.
During the ceremonial muzzle-taping on Tuesday, officers of five gun clubs from the first to fourth congressional districts came, the first time that they would join the PNP’s campaign to make all firearm owners responsible and follow the law by not using guns for merry-making purposes.
Sr. Superintendent Rollie Saltat, Pangasinan Provincial Police officer in charge, said the four gun clubs which are from districts 5 and 6, would have the ceremonial sealing today (December 30) at the Tayug police station.
There are around 40,000 licensed firearms owners in Pangasinan, and the membership of the nine gun clubs in the province accounts for only one percent.
There are also an estimated 20,000 loose firearms in the province, or those whose licenses are already expired, whose owners are dead, or the guns are reported lost.
Robert Erfe-Mejia, past president of the Dagupan Practical Shooting Association, said he hoped all the gun owners would follow their examples and go to their town’s police stations for gun sealing.
Saltat said aside from muzzle-taping of the guns, the gun owners may also ask the local police to safekeep their firearms during the New Year celebrations.
This way, the gun owners would not become suspects when there are cases of indiscrimate firings during the revelry, he said.
While there was a victim of stray bullet in Bayambang last December 24, Saltat said there was no rule yet on when to start counting the victims of indiscrimate firing during the new year celebration.
Those who are hit by stray bullets before the hour set to count are victims of indiscrimate firing, but we must know if they should be counted as victims during the new year revelry, he said.
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