The Philippine National Police will again skip this year the sealing of the muzzles of service firearms of police officers, PNP chief General Debold Sinas announced.
Sinas said police personnel who will fire their guns indiscriminately during the Christmas and New Year revelries will be dismissed from the service.
He added the taping of gun muzzles has been shown to be ineffective.
Sinas shared, “Even if firearms are taped and countersigned for monitoring, trigger-happy policemen would still fire if they want to. We will not be doing gun sealing because previous commanders have done that before. It was not effective. Most of our police officers are disciplined now.”
He said police officers would be able to respond quickly to any untoward incidents if their firearms are not sealed.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government, which supervises the PNP, earlier said muzzle gun sealing was an effective measure against indiscriminate firing.