Philippines Gun Law

Philippines Gun Law

While Philippines Gun Law might seem strict to Americans however gun laws in the Philippines are nowhere near as strict as they are in countries like Japan or the UK.

There is also strict laws on foreigners owning guns in the Philippines.

One of the things that comes as a shock to us British when we first visit the Philippines is seeing guns everywhere. Almost every mall, office block, train station, subdivision etc seem to have a security guard with a gun.

It is believed that 3.9 million civilians also own guns 4.7 out of every 100 own a gun, this does not include the many of illegal guns believed to be in the Philippines. 

Gun smuggling is a major problem in the county. 

Automatic firearms are banned for civilian use. owning a handgun is only permitted if you have a licence and  possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law.

In 2008 there was 6,879 murders carried out with guns, stories of people being shot in road rage incidents are common.  

Firearm dealers are required to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition they sell.

Philippines law requires that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register.

Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act No. 10591 of 2013