SC stops PNP from searching gun applicants' homes

Posted at 04/08/2014 5:24 PM | Updated as of 04/08/2014 7:53 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court has stopped the Philippine National Police (PNP) from enforcing several provisions of a new law that allows warrantless searches in homes of gun applicants.

In a press conference in Baguio, SC spokesman Theodore Te said the high court issued a temporary restraining order stopping the police from implementing and enforcing the “waiver and consent” requirement in the law that licenses individuals to own guns.

This requirement gives the PNP the right to enter the homes of gun applicants for inspection.

The Peaceful Responsible Owners of Guns, Inc. (Progun) earlier asked the high court to strike down provisions in Republic Act 10591, which impose stricter measures for gun owners.

The group said this is in violation of Article 2, Section 2 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution that protects a person's right against unreasonable and illegal searches and seizures.

The order also allows the continuous processing of gun licenses in all PNP regional offices. RA 10591 centralizes all firearm applications and renewals at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.

The TRO also bars the PNP from utilizing a courier service for the deliveries of approved firearms license cards.

The order is effective immediately and will only be lifted upon another order from the court.