The Philippine election gun ban effectively ends today, and airsoft players from all over the islands can now heave a sigh of relief as they can start oiling and cleaning their airsoft guns and gear and join in many airsoft events being organised all over the country to welcome the new airsoft year, especially by this weekend, 12-13 June 2010. Philippine airsoft forums are abuzz as players come out of hibernation.
There is an even more cause to rejoice as the newly elected President of the country, Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, is not keen on extending the permanent gun ban after the elections, as he himself is a gun enthusiast and does not see the a total gun ban is a not the answer the crime problems. Even the Commission on Human Rights, while it may be the bastion of gun control, don't see it the same way, as they say there are already strict laws existing to control the proliferation of illegal guns, and the police need to just enforce these.
The PNP said that on Tuesday (June 8), police arrested 4 civilians and seized 11 firearms and a knife. From January 10, a total of 3,041 people, including 2,769 civilians and 272 government employees, were arrested for violating the gun ban. Aside from the low-powered and high-powered firearms, police also seized 862 airguns, airsoft guns and gun replicas; 692 bladed weapons, and 292 explosives and grenades.
Popular Airsoft Kami Wars preparation for the Philippine airsoft community has now started, with the kick-off event originally slated for 12 June 2010, slated on the 19th of June 2010, and is a 2 day-event of gruelling military simulation. More details to follow on this this week. However, we were informed of another gun ban, in accordance with the election laws of the country, as the Barangay and SK (Village and Youth Council) elections will be held on the 25th of October 2010. Which means another 30-60 days of no airsoft joy for the community.
But still, a great cause to rejoice for the local airsoft community.