Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Basis of Authority to Carry Firearm


Question from FB CHAT: Sir John, if ever, just if ever, there should be exemption to the rule that only law enforcers in uniform and on duty-hour will be authorized to carry firearm, who else would be given the permit.

ANSWER: It will depend on WHERE and WHY.

WHERE - This is empowerment to enforce the law in a particular PLACE. A homeowner has full jurisdiction inside the confines of his residence, therefore he will be authorized to own and carry his gun in his residence. A shop owner may own and carry his gun inside his shop.

WHY - This is empowerment based on OFFICIAL FUNCTION of the person. A Police has duties to perform as law enforcer, and should be authorized to carry a gun while in uniform and on duty. A Security Guard has duties to perform as enforcer of house rules in specific area assigned to him, and therefore be authorized to carry gun while in uniform and on duty. A licensed Private Body Guard has duties to perform, therefore be authorized to carry gun while in uniform and on duty within the close vicinity of his client.

There is no enough reason to issue an everywhere- gun-carry permit to persons who classified themselves as in the profession that has high-risk of assassination and violence such as media commentators, advocacy experts, politicians, lawyers, judges, taxi drivers, wives of drunkards, and balot vendors who walk into dark alleys at night. These people will benefit from the general crime-preventive services of the Police such as checkpoints.


Probably fewer than 2% of handguns and well under 1% of all guns will ever be involved in a violent crime. Thus, the problem of criminal gun violence is concentrated within a very small subset of gun owners, indicating that gun control aimed at the general population faces a serious needle-in-the-haystack problem. -- Gary Kleck, "Point Blank: Handgun Violence In America"

JOHN REMOLLO PETALCORIN: The gun owners itself is only a small subset of society. And this subset have a small subset in it that poses a great risk to society. The best policy is to contain these gun owners in their houses, if their guns will make them feel safe; but they should not be allowed to carry it outside their houses if they are not policemen in uniform and on duty. This is to protect our policemen in public places.