Aquino signs comprehensive gun control law

Posted at 06/01/2013 7:21 PM | Updated as of 06/02/2013 8:39 AM

MANILA – President Benigno Aquino III has signed a new gun control law.

It provides stricter guidelines on securing a gun license and sets limits to the number of firearms a person may own.

Under Republic Act 10591, one must be a Filipino citizen, at least 21 years old and should be employed, and has no criminal record to own a gun.

One should also indicate in writing why he or she needs a firearm and should pass a gun safety seminar.

The new law also raises the penalty for illegal possession of firearms from four to six years in prison. -- ANC