The gun Ban in the Philippines is taken at hand starting on October 1, 2017, and not on September 23, 2017 (as previously mentioned by the COMELEC Office).
What is a Gun Ban?
A Gun Ban is a strict implementation of prohibited bearing, transporting and carrying of any harmful weapons and firearms outside an owner’s residence or place of business. This is to ensure the safety of both the residences of the area and the running candidate for Barangay Elections 2017 under Rule I, Section I of COMELEC Resolution No. 100015.
The resolution clearly states that “No person shall bear, carry or transport firearms or deadly weapons outside his residence or place of business and in all public places, including any building, street, park and in private vehicles or public conveyances, even if he is licensed or authorized to possess or carry the same, unless authorized by the Commission”.
Bodyguards and other private security members are not excluded from this application, therefore must comply for the authorization given by the Commission. According to COMELEC Resolution 10197, the Philippine President (Rodrigo Duterte) & Vice-President (Leni Robredo) are allowed to bear, car and transform firearms but must apply for authorization.
Application for Exemption
The COMELEC Office has announced previously that the Gun Ban will commence on the 23rd of September, 2017. Earlier this week, they announced that the date will be moved to the 1st of October due to the postponed Days of Election. The application for exemption from the Gun Ban will, however, still start on the 21st of September as scheduled.