Gun Free Zones

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ALERT: PNP Orders Gun Ban in Cagayan Province

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine National Police chief Director General Raul Bacalzo on Friday said that he has imposed a province-wide gun ban in Cagayan.

Bacalzo said that he suspended the permit to carry firearms outside residence in the whole province due to the alarming increase in the number of shooting incidents.

The top police official cited the shooting of Tuguegarao City Mayor Delfin Ting on Monday.

Bacalzo said that he has told Chief Superintendent Francisco Villaroman, Cagayan Valley regional police director, to immediately implement his directive and declare Cagayan as a "gun-free" province.

Ting was standing in front of the Delfin Hotel and Restaurant when he was shot by an unidentified gunman.

Why Gun Free Zones do not work

Mayor Darlene Custodio declares Gen San City as a Gun Free Zone

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—Alarmed by the upsurge in summary killings, which have been gripping the city since last month, Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio on Friday issued an executive order declaring the city a no-firearm zone.

In her order, Custodio noted the prevalence of gun-related killings, which, according to her, “has already reached an alarming level.”

Last month, the police said 17 persons had died from gun and bladed weapons attacks by still unidentified suspects.

Some of the victims were suspected criminals, while the others were locked in disputes, the police said.

In regulating guns in the city, Custodio said only on-duty law enforcers and private security personnel would be allowed to carry firearms.

She said she had asked the local police and military units to make a report on private individuals issued with corresponding patrol order (PO) and mission orders (MO) for assessment.

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