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.

Philippines Gun Law Foreigners

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

One of the things that come 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 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 were 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


Gun Deaths in the Philippines

It was reported in the Inquirer in 2014 that there were 20 gun deaths a day in the Philippines. 

For us British, this is a shocking amount of gun deaths. In just 3 days the Philippines has more gun deaths than the UK has in a year.

20 gun deaths a day might seem low to Americans as the USA has about 92 gun deaths a day. 

Number of Guns in the Philippines

guns being smuggled from America reports that there were 3,776,000 civilian-owned guns in the Philippines in 2017

It might come as a surprise, but this is not much higher than civilian gun ownership in the UK which is  3,260,609. However, there are far stricter controls on guns in the UK. 

It is believed that the number of guns smuggled into the Philippines is high. We have reported ourselves on guns being smuggled from America into the Philippines in the past.