PNP launches online gun registration system

THE Philippine National Police headed by Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa yesterday launched the Online PNP License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOFP) and Firearms Registration System which aims to cut “red tape,” detect forgeries and increase government revenues.

Gen. Dela Rosa said the system, developed by the PNP Information Technology Management System headed by Chief Supt. Edwin Jose G. Nemenzo in partnership with the PNP Civil Security Group under Director Federico L. Dulay Jr., will eliminate long hours of waiting and simplify application processes of LTOFP and firearms’ registration to help firearms’ holders get their clearances faster.
   
Dela Rosa called on all licensed firearms’ holders to be much more responsible and patronize the system to avoid inconvenience.
   
At present, the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office headed by Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne R. Binag has a system which delinquent firearms’ holders are easily detected and their names submitted to concerned police regional offices.
   
As part of its Oplan: Katok program, police knock on the doors of delinquent gunholders to request them to renew their expired licenses within a given period. As soon as the deadline expires, the firearms with expired licenses are considered “loose” and their owners can be subjected to search warrants for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.
   
Nemenzo said through the new system, applicants may now apply online and select which Regional Civil Security Unit they wish to claim their license.
   
Nemenzo said the client can choose their preferred schedule -- date and time -- and report only once to any regional offices of the CSG or at the PNP-FEO.