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Acop wants tougher penalties for illegal, indiscriminate discharge of firearms

The House Committee on Public Order and Safety, chaired by Antipolo City 2nd District Rep. Romeo Acop has approved a substitute bill which seeks to provide stiffer penalties for illegal and indiscriminate discharge of firearms.

The unnumbered bill substituted House Bills 176, 1348 and 3837 authored respectively, by Reps. Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) and Jericho Nograles (Party-list, PBA), Acop, and Bernadette Herrera-Dy (Party-list, Bagong Henerasyon).

The politiko said the substitute bill seeks to amend Article 254 of Act No. 3815, as amended, otherwise known as the “Revised Penal Code of the Philippines” and Republic Act 10591 or “The Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act”.

The amendment to Article 254 of the Revised Penal Code provides:

Article 254. Discharge of firearms. – Any person who shall shoot at another with any firearm or any device, without lawful authority, shall suffer the penalty of prision correccional in its maximum period, unless the facts of the case are such that the act can be held to constitute frustrated or attempted parricide, murder, homicide, or any other crime for which a higher penalty is prescribed by any of the articles of this Code.

If the discharge of firearm shall result in the death of a victim, the penalty of prision mayor shall be imposed.

If the person responsible for the discharge of firearm shall be a member of the national police, armed forces or any law enforcement agency authorized by law to bear arms, the penalty one degree higher that that provided in the foregoing paragraphs shall be imposed.

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