PH Consulate in HK says 81 Pinoys charged in 2014 with possession of firearms

By , on January 14, 2015


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine consulate general in Hong Kong said that in 2014, a minimum of 81 Filipinos were charged with possession of firearms without license. A majority of those convicted were seafarers.

Along with this report, the Philippine consulate general issued an advisory dated January 5, cautioning Filipinos entering Hong Kong or transiting from Hong Kong against bringing devices – in particular, stun gins and other stunning devices – which are considered restricted or prohibited under Hong Kong’s Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance.

Travelers entering any of Hong Kong territory’s ports, or transiting form these, are banned front allowed to bring in stunning devices; whether checked-in or hand-carried.

Those caught in violation of the law face arrest, prosecution, and a fine of up to HK$100,000 (approximately $13,333). The maximum prison sentence for such a violation is 14 years.