Monday, June 14, 2010

Poll gun ban ends; 2,647 firearms seized

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday reported a total of 2,647 firearms were seized during the 150-day implementation of the nationwide election gun ban.
The election gun ban ends at Wednesday midnight. Its implementation started last January 10.
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.

The PNP believes the big firearms haul lessened the number of violent incidents during the elections.

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