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52 gun ban violators nabbed, 68 firearms confiscated

52 gun ban violators nabbed, 68 firearms confiscated

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52 gun ban violators nabbed, 68 firearms confiscated

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COMELEC
Throughout the gun ban period, the Bohol police conducted 58 operations to enforce the prohibition.

The Bohol police apprehended 52 people who violated the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) gun ban while it was in effect starting Jan.10, 2016.

According to the tally of the Operations Branch of the Bohol Police Provincial Office, during the 151-day gun ban, 68 firearms were confiscated by the authorities until last Wednesday, the last day of the prohibition.

Of the 68 confiscated firearms, 24 were long weapons and 44 were short arms.

According to police data, 58 cases were filed in court while the prohibition was in effect.

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The highest number of apprehended violators was recorded on the election month of May as 16 people were arrested for violating the ban during the period.

The most number of weapons confiscated in a month at 17 was also posted in May.

In the entire country,  more than 4,500 people were rounded up for carrying firearms during the months that the ban was implemented.

The Comelec gun ban is imposed during the election season as part of the election body’s campaign against the proliferation of private armed groups and bodyguards without a Certificate of Authority during the poll and weeks near it. (with reports from Rey Tutas)

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