Gov't to study proposal for total gun ban

The government will study the proposal for a total gun ban following the death of a seven-year-old girl who was hit by a stray bullet in Caloocan City and the shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite, a MalacaƱang official said Monday.

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Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte issued the statement amid calls for stricter gun controls and a total gun ban.

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said the government should consider the proposal from various groups to ensure the safety of the public.

“Ang dami pong iba’t ibang proposal between stricter gun control to proposals for a total gun ban. So that has to be discussed with the President,” Valte said.

Senator Gregorio Honasan said Saturday that his committee on public order and dangerous drugs would review existing gun laws, consolidate related pending bills and conduct public hearings on gun controls when sessions resume on January 21.

For his part, Senator Panfilo Lacson proposed to the government the suspension of all permits to carry in the wake of Ronald Bae's shooting spree.

“Again, it depends on what the contents of that law will be. When you say comprehensive firearms law, that would involve everything from the importation—rules for importation, rules for procurement, for requirements, etcetera. So we will have to see what is in that proposal for a comprehensive firearms law,” Valte said.

Bae, an alleged drug addict, went on a shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite Friday morning. He attacked his neighbors with a .45-caliber pistol, killing eight people and injuring nine others.

On the other hand, Stephanie Nicole Ella was watching a fireworks display outside her home in Malaria district, Caloocan City when she was hit by a stray bullet in her head on New Year’s Eve. Ella died at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City Wednesday afternoon.