Permit to carry guidelines stricter

Manila, Philippines -- Want to get a permit to take your gun out of your homes? Read on first.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has come up with actually stricter guidelines for issuing Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR), a move that an official said would promote responsible gun ownership and removed fixers.

Senior Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, chief police information officer, said the main feature of the new process is that all the applicants must appear at Camp Crame or at police camps in the provinces to personally submit biometric fingerprint specimen and be photographed.

"So unlike before, all licensed gun owners who wish to apply for PTCFOR have to personally appear at Camp Crame and in police camps in the province during the application," said Sindac.

First, applicants should comply with all the requirements like clearances from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the police's Directorate for Intelligence (DI) for background checking, photocopy of firearms license and threat assessment from the local police where the applicants live.

Government officials and members of the government uniformed service must present Appointment Orders (for government employees) and Oath of Office (for Elected Officials).

After the requirements are complied with, that is the time that the application form will be given to be filled up by the applicants.

"Photocopied application forms will no longer be honored. This is part of the stricter measures. So applicants should secure a copy of the application form only after all the requirements are complied with," said Sindac.

After the evaluation of the requirements and the application form, Sindac said the applicants will be subjected to fingerprinting process at the PNP Crime Laboratory at Camp Crame and in some regional police camps in the provinces, as well as the taking of photos.