Comelec warns public of fake gun ban exemptions

Police checkpoint in Quezon City seeks to enforce the Comelec gun ban. KRISKEN JONES/
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MANILA - The Commission on Elections has warned the public against the proliferation of fake gun ban exemptions.

“The public, most especially our lawmen, should be wary of fake gun ban permits,” said Comelec spokesman James Jimenez in a news release.

The poll body’s Gun Ban Committee, Jimenez said, discovered a spurious Certificate of Authority from its Committee on the Ban on Firearms and Security Personnel (CBFSP) when a person verified his from the Comelec.

“The public should not fall prey to con men who sell cheap gun ban exemptions,” said Jimenez, who reiterated that carrying, bearing, and transporting of firearms, ammunition, and deadly weapons during the election period is an election offense punishable with one to six years imprisonment.

The Comelec is currently coordinating with the law enforcement agencies regarding this matter, said Jimenez.