TAGBILARAN CITY, December 16 (PIA)--Since January to November, police authorities have accounted 191 loose firearms as Bohol authorities continue to devise ways in efforts to make gun-freer Bohol.
This too as in the month of November alone, deaths by shooting in Bohol reach 11, and one victim was wounded, according to records from Camp Dagohoy; Bohol police headquarters.
To date, police have conducted 172 operations, and arrested 98 persons, according to Camp Dagohoy through its operations chief PSupt Ricky Delelis.
At the recent Provincial Peace and Order Council Meeting, Sup Delelis also said of the 191 fire-arms which they recovered from elements, 66 of these are considered high powered while some 125 are low powered.
In line with their Oplan Bakal and Oplan Sita, police authorities have implemented their Oplan Katok, going to residences of those who own licensed fire-arms but have failed to renew them, in a bid to reactivate their lists and update those owners of the laws on keeping licensed weapons, police sources said.
In the 172 operations conducted, the police have filed 190 cases, of which could bring imprisonment provisions of up to 30 years, for illegal possession of high powered firearms.
PNP Director General Alan Purisima has approved the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition and Providing Penalties for Violation.
Penalties of illegal possession of loose firearms, range from prision mayor for low powered firearms and up to reclusion perpetual or life sentence for high powered firearms, according to RA 10591.
In Bohol, where residents recently observed summary killings of criminals and drug offenders, police authorities need to double up on the campaign to recover these weapons.
In the past weeks, five people died by shooting and one was wounded in Tagbilaran while two also died in Danao town.
During the same period, Candijay, Sierra Bullones, Candijay and Tubigon each registered shooting incidents all killing the victims.
According to police sources, two of the killings were drug related, another two were personal grudges and one for theft. The rest, that is in seven of the cases, motives of killing remain under investigation as police yet could not determine it. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)