PNP Starts to Regulate Airsoft

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MANILA, Philippines – Airsoft enthusiasts have until July 1 to apply for the licenses of the rifles and pistols they use in their war games.

This was after the Philippine National Police (PNP) started regulating the popular combat sport where participants use varying types of weapons designed as replicas of real firearms, tactical gear, and accessories used by military and police organizations.

In GMA’s 24 Oras, reporter Claire Delfin said the PNP’s mass registration for Airsoft guns started last Saturday in Fairview, Quezon City.

Airsoft is a combat sport similar to Paintball in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting them with (6 mm or occasionally 8 mm) plastic BBs (small, spherical balls) launched from airsoft guns, that can be powered by CO2, Green Gas, spring, or electrically powered gearboxes actuating a piston.

Supt. Rogelio Simon, chief of the PNP’s permits and other licenses division, there is a need to regulate Airsoft war games since the replicas used in it could cause undue harm to others.

The PNP said those who are manufacturing, importing, selling, owning airsoft guns should apply for licenses. Those who fail to comply will face the risk of being arrested.

The PNP is also set to review airsoft’s rules and sites.

Airsoft enthusiasts, on the other hand, welcomed the move to regulate the game.

“Natutuwa kami kasi hindi na kami mari-raid at di na kami huhulihin (We’re happy because we’ll not be subject to raids and arrests anymore),” lawyer Ernesto Tabujara, founder of the United Airsoft Alliance, a group of airsoft enthusiasts in the Philippines. – GMANews.TV

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