|President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes past the color guard while onboard the command car in the trooping-the-line ceremony during the Philippine Military Academy commencement exercises at the Fajardo Grandstand, Borromeo Field in Fort Gen. Gregorio H. del Pilar, Baguio City on May 15, 2022. (Photo by Albert Alcain/ Presidential Photo)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill extending the validity period of the registration of and the license to possess firearms. Republic Act No. 11766 signed by Duterte on May 6 amended two provisions of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act enacted in 2013, PhilStar reported.
The new law states that all licenses to possess a firearm, regardless of type or classification, and the registration of the firearm shall be renewed every five or ten years, at the option of the licensee. The renewal date for both license to possess and registration of firearms shall be reckoned from the birthdate of the licensee unless sooner revoked or suspended. Previously, all types of licenses to possess a firearm shall be renewed every two years while the registration of the firearm shall be renewed every four years.
The failure to renew the registration of the firearm on or before the expiration date shall cause the revocation of its license. The firearm whose license has been revoked shall be confiscated or forfeited in favor of the government after due process. The failure to renew a license or registration on two occasions shall cause the perpetual disqualification of the holder of the firearm from applying for any firearm license.