Philippines lets few professionals carry guns
January 17 , 2014
It may become common to see people from some professions such as medicine and journalism to be carrying guns under a relaxed law in Philippines.
CNN notes that the law mentions the "imminent danger," which comes with these professions. However, people still have to certify that there are no pending prosecutions or criminal convictions against them and also pass psychiatric and drug tests in order to obtain permits.
"I appreciate the concern of the state, considering we are one of the most murderous countries for journalists and the most murderous country for lawyers and judges," a lawyer said. "I could see the state interest in making this classification to prevent further targeting and killing."
Those found in possession of unlicensed guns will face a sentence of at least 30 years in prison.