BONTOC – Gun enthusiasts in the province are encouraged to join the fun shoot to be scheduled any day this month of June as part of the celebration of the Philippine Independence Day on June 12, 2014.
Provincial Sports Development Officer Arnaldo Petten said that the provincial government through its Provincial Sports Development Office (PSDO) in coordination with the Mountain Province Provincial Police Office (MPPPO) and Foresite 1911 GunClub initiated that a fun shoot be conducted to impart knowledge on proper gun handling to gun owners.
Petten stressed that the activity aims to remind gun owners and shooters to be responsible in handling their guns as it encouraged gun owners to register their firearms.
He added that all gun owners should know and understand gun safety measures and thenew gun law and not to use their guns in committing violence that may endanger life and property. “The use of gun should not be the root of fear among the people of Mountain Province. Gun owners should use their firearms to hasten their skills in gun handling and shooting through recreational activity such as fun shoot”, Petten elaborated.
With this, he invited interested male and female gun enthusiasts to join the fun shoot and pay a registration fee of P150.00 at their office. Petten explained that the registration fee will be used to purchase materials in preparation of the shooting range and meals of the participants.
Also, the fun shoot will coincide with the creation of Capitol Shooters Team with gun enthusiast members who are employees of the provincial government. Petten explained that the plan of organizing a group of gun owners who are working at the provincial capitol was pursued following their active participation in the 1st Governor Leonard G. Mayaen Cup that was held last April as part of the activities of the 47th Mountain Province Foundation Day and 10th Lang-ay and Cultural Festival.
As a team, the members will have regular training on proper gun handling. Also, the members may discuss issues and concerns relative to new gun law. Furthermore, the Capitol Shooters Team aims to advocate responsible gun handling by inculcating mental and physical discipline, advancement of once personal responsibility and encouraging other gun owners to register their firearms.
Meanwhile, the Provincial Sports Development Officer is encouraging employees of the provincial government to sign-up for the try out in volleyball, table tennis and chess to represent the provincial government in the upcoming sport competition this June as part of the activities of the Am-among Festival of Bontoc every month of September.
Petten said that interested players may visit their office every Thursday to register their names for the try-out in the said sport events.