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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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CoP stresses safe
handling of guns

BY SHIELA GELERA

The police yesterday warned gun holders to observe proper handling of firearms, after an on-duty security guard accidentally fired his gun at the Jelca Enterprises, at the Libertad Public Market in Brgy. 40, Bacolod City, Monday.

Senior Insp. Charles Gever, Station 6 chief, yesterday said guard Levi Arbolario, 39, employed by the JGL Security Agency, accidentally fired his gun hitting the gate and the grills of the establishment, at about 9:30 a.m. Monday.

No one was injured, but, about P1,500 worth of property was damaged, police records show.

Investigation showed that Arbolario was unloading his Armscor 12-gauge shotgun when he accidentally pressed the trigger, Gever said.

The police turned the shotgun over to the Firearms Explosives Security Service Agency and Guards Supervisory Section of the Bacolod City Police Office.

Three live cartridges of a 12-gauge shotgun and a fired cartridge were recovered from the scene, Gever said.

He said Arbolario voluntarily surrendered to the Station 6 but he was released yesterday morning since the reglamentary period for detention had lapsed, and no charges had been filed against him.

Gever said that if gun holders are careless, accidental firing may happen.*SGG

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