Gun permits issuance affected by absence of acting PNP chief

By , on April 20, 2015


MANILA —┬áThe absence of a full-time Philippine National Police (PNP) chief is affecting several services particularly t he issuance of gun permits.

The issuance of permits to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFOR) had been deferred since Dec. 3 following the suspension of the former PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima.

The PTCFOR is a document issued to authorize gun owners to carry their firearms wherever they go for the purpose of giving them protection.

It is, however, different from a firearm license which is mandatory for all firearms holders as it is only given to individuals who are under serious threats.

In a report for the Philippine Star, an unnamed source revealed that the PNP has stopped issuing gun permits because of the absence of the full-time PNP chief.

The PNP chief is the person authorized by law to sign the permits.

Depurty Director Leonardo Espina who is currently serving as the PNP officer-in-charge apparently has no authority to sign the PTCFOR.

The President, meanwhile, has yet to appoint a full-time PNP chief to resolve the problem.