Gun replicas worth about P75,000 displayed in three malls at the Bacolod City downtown area, were confiscated by the police at about noon yesterday.
Supt. Jefferson Descallar, Bacolod City Police Office Special Operations Group chief, said yesterday that the operations against toy guns, that are similar in appearance, measurement, color and parts to genuine ones, are being intensified since their sale is rampant during the yuletide season.
A team composed of SOG, Special Weapons and Tactics unit, and Police Station 1 swooped down on stores at the downtown area and seized 13 boxes of gun replicas, each containing about 50 short and long firearm replicas, police records show.
Descallar told the owners of the three malls, whose names he withheld, that gun replicas can mislead the public because they look real. The owners did not protest the confiscation, he said.
In Bacolod, gun replicas have been used by lawless elements in criminal activities, like hold-up and robbery, Descallar said.
He also said, “The operation is purely for confiscation, and no charges will be filed against the owners.”
The recovered gun replicas, that are now in the custody of the BCPO, will be destroyed, Descallar said.
A store employee, who requested anonymity, said they did not know that selling toy guns is illegal. He said they will advise their suppliers to stop delivering them.
Letter of Instruction number 1264, signed by former president Ferdinand Marcos in 1982, bans the importation, manufacture, distribution, sale and display of certain types of toy guns and explosives for the safety of the public.*SGG