Technical Working Group, Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs 5/29/14

Today, Progun attended the technical working group hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs. All stakeholders, The PNP, firearms dealers, Gun Clubs, NGOs, and government agencies such as the DOJ, which had an interest in the firearms issues, were present. As we had expected and said earlier before the hearing, the Committee Secretariat Ambrosio Manaligod clarified at the onset that the mandate of this committee hearing was for the suggested amendments to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) only, and not for proposed amendments to the law itself RA 10591. Consequently, a "matrix" or table of the entire IRR and marginal columns for proposed or suggested amendments by the stakeholders has projected and the discussion proceeded section by section.

The discussion for today was able to tackle only up to the Definitions portion or Article 1, Rule 1 of the IRR or Sections 1 to 4. The total for the entire IRR is still up to Rule VI or Sec. 46. So due to lack of material time, the Committee adjourned for the next week to continue the discussion.