The Association of Firearms and Ammunition Dealers of the Philippines, Inc. is boosting its campaign to fight the proliferation of illegal gun ownership with the continuation of the 27th one-stop AFAD-Defense and Sporting Arms Show on Nov. 14 to 18 at the Megatrade Hall of the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
On the heels of the success of the show’s first stop last July at the same venue, AFAD president Alaric Topacio said enthusiasts can expect better and bigger activities as over 61 member exhibitors will showcase their best line of firearms, ammunition and paraphernalia with seminars and educational program on self-defense, responsible gun ownership, firearms safety handling, regulation policy on gun-ownership and other exciting activities.
“The PNP together with AFAD is providing an LTOPF caravan to help gun-owners process their gun license application and renewal, so our visitors have the luxury of faster processing for their gun licensing needs, while viewing the best products available,” said Topacio.
Senators Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa and Miguel ‘Migz’ Zubiri are expected to grace the opening program at 10 a.m. Also invited are PNP top honcho and representatives from other law enforcement agencies.
Topacio said the AFAD is putting its best foot forward as far as education in safety, security and responsible gun ownership are concerned with yet another educational sporting arms show, featuring high quality products and accessories made locally and abroad as the group remained steadfast in the promotion of a strong regulating policy under the care of the Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies.
“Through the years, AFAD is working hard to fight the negative public perception as the result of the proliferation of ‘loose firearms’. Through this program, we can use this as a platform to educate people, learn the ins and out of the trade and become a more responsible gun owner,” said Topacio. “Also, we’re here to put a semblance of order among stakeholders as AFAD membership has grown with 61 associates, ready and always on track in boosting the country’s economic growth.”
“AFAD members are tax-paying companies and employ thousands of regular employees and workers. We are never remiss on our duties and responsibilities as far as tax payments and import duties are concerned,” added Topacio.
To date, Topacio said over a million Filipinos are registered gun owners, who passed a series of tests and neuro-examination under the PNP’s intensive regulatory policy.
“The firearms’ industry is not just for recreational, sporting activities and security detail. AFAD is not just for supplying the best firearms, ammunition and accessories available in the market. Instead, we’re here to help the government in its fight against the illicit trade of firearms and the promotion of responsible gun ownership,” said Topacio.
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