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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Senator Bato hails, vows support to defense, sporting arms show

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SENATOR Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa commended the Association of Firearms and Ammunitions Dealers of the Philippines Inc. (AFAD) for educating the Filipino people on responsible gun ownership through its yearly arms show.

“I’m grateful to AFAD for organizing these one-of-a-kind arms show. AFAD is trustworthy and distinguished organization,” said Dela Rosa during Friday’s opening of the AFAD-organized 28th Defense and Sporting Arms Show at the Mega Trade Hall of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

“As chairman of the Senate Committee on Peace and Order, I support whatever their plans and program are for the industry,” De la Rosa added.

More than 40 booths showcasing the new line of world-class Filipino made and imported guns, ammunitions and paraphernalia are on displays at the show with AFAD—in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and relevant government agencies—conducting educational seminars on responsible gun ownership and help desk for licensing and renewal.

Dela Rosa said he sees the greats increase on numbers of gun-owners and he expect this numbers to double as the implementing rules and regulations on the amended provisions of Republic Act. No.11766 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act 203) already in effect.

The new law states that all licenses to possess a firearm, regardless of type or classification, and the registration of the firearm shall be renewed every five or ten years, at the option of the licensee.

The renewal date for both licenses to possess and registration of firearms shall be reckoned from the birthdate of the licensee unless sooner revoked or suspended.

The application for the renewal of the license or registration may be submitted to the Firearms and Explosives Office of the PNP within six months before the expiration date of the license or registration of the firearm.

AFAD president Hagen Topacio expressed his gratitude to Dela Rosa, a long-time supporter of AFAD program.

“His presence has always created an impact to audiences, gun-owners and afficionados,” said Topacio, a silver medalist in trap at last May’s Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam. “It’s a blockbuster if Senator Bato Dela Rosa is around. The AFAD membership is always looking for programs and activities that will benefit the industry in general.”

The show will run until Monday.

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