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PNP WV readies to implement election gun ban

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Police in Western Visayas are ready to implement starting Sunday, Jan. 13, the gun ban for the May 2019 midterm elections.

The Police Regional Office 6 reminded residents the Commission on Elections’ calendar indicates the gun ban will last until June 12.

Qualified individuals can seek exemption by applying for the appropriate certificate of authority from the Comelec, Western Visayas police head Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao said.

During the gun ban, no one is allowed to deliver, carry or transport firearms, explosives, ammunition or other deadly weapons.

“Violation of the said prohibited act shall constitute an election offense. Uniformed personnel who will violate the same will face dismissal from the service,” Bulalacao said.

He said gun owners could be jailed for one to six years if they violate the gun ban. Violators would also be deprived of their right to vote and to hold public office.

Bulalacao said applications for exemption must be filed with the Comelec’s Committee on Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel in Intramuros, Manila until May 29.