PNP nabs more people for gun ban violation

MORE people have been arrested by the police for violating the election gun-ban being implemented as part security measures for the upcoming mid-term local and national elections this coming May 13.

Figures from the PNP National Election Monitoring Action Center (Nemac) said that a total of 419 have been and over 400 various types of weapons and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition seized.

Nemac figures said that bulk of those arrested for election gun-ban violations were civilian with 373; followed by security guards 30; government officials 7; policemen 7 and one militiaman.

Confiscated items includes 373 assorted types of firearms; 99 bladed weapons; five gun replicas; 18 grenades and explosives and 1,888 rounds of ammunitions for different types of firearms.

The Nemac figure said that noteworthy to mention was the arrest of Guillermo Chavez, 68, where a cache of firearms was seized from his house last Wednesday by the elements of Lian Municipal Police Station in Batangas.

Nemac reports said seized from his possession were a Colt 45 pistols; a 38 caliber Armscor revolver; a 12 gauge Squires Bingham shotgun; a .22 caliber rifle and assorted ammunitions. He is now detained at Lian Municipal Station.

PNP chief, Director General Alan Purisima gave assurance that the police will remain vigilant in its law enforcement and security preparations despite of reports of gun-ban violations and election related incidents.

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