By Alfonso T. Ruda
DIPOLOG CITY, July 13 (PIA) --- The New Brotherhood Integrated Gun Club (NBIGC), in coordination with the City Government of Dipolog and Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office (ZNPPO) recently conducted a Gun Safety and Responsible Ownership Seminar at Dipolog Sports Complex, Olingan, this city.
NBIGC, which has been existing for almost 10 years is accredited by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct seminars among gun-owners and who want to own and possess firearms.
The half-day seminar, participated in by members of Special CAFGU Active Auxiliary (SCAA), as well as the city and barangay officials aimed to teach SCAA members and other participants to be responsible gun owners and to prevent any untoward incident involving firearms.
ZNPPO Provincial Advisory Council Chairman, Engr. Roland Soliva, who was the resource speaker on the said seminar stressed the need to register and get a license to own and possess firearms as a legal requirement mandated under Republic Act 10591.
Under RA 10591, anyone caught carrying licensed firearms outside residence without authorization from the PNP, will be penalized with prision correccional and a fine of P10,000.00.
For those carrying unlicensed long-powered firearms, the penalty is reclusion temporal, but for those carrying high-powered firearms like M-60 caliber machine gun, the penalty is reclusion perpetua.
Dipolog City Mayor Darel Dexter T. Uy urged the participants to properly use firearms in their possession and hoped that through the seminar, gun owners will be guided accordingly. (ALT/ATR/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte/with report from CIO-Dipolog)