Australian charged with illegal gun possession in Davao City

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THE Davao City Prosecutor’s Office has affirmed the charges of illegal possession of firearm filed against an Australian who was caught trying to sneak in a disassembled firearm through a security scanner at F. Bangoy International Airport last September 10.

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Prosecutor II Myla Commendador-Lao, in a resolution dated October 27 which was approved by City Prosecutor Nestor Ledesma, found probable cause to charge Ian Maxwell Parker for violation of Republic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearm and Ammunition Regulation Act.

After availing for his right to a 10-day preliminary investigation and being given another 10 days to file his counter affidavit before the CPO to which Parker failed to do, the City Prosecutor’s Office proceeded to resolve the case based on the evidence submitted to them.

Court records showed that around 11 a.m on September 10, a baggage inspector assigned at the Initial Security Checkpoint of the airport was called by the X-ray operator to check Parker’s trolley after the machine detected a dark image inside it shaped like a dismantled firearm.

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Upon inspection, authorities found a dismantled caliber .380 Llama inside the trolley.

The foreigner allegedly failed to show any legal documents authorizing him to carry the firearm, according to the resolution.

Parker claimed to be an antique collector and the firearm found inside his trolley was part of his collection.

He was reportedly detained in the Sasa police station after his arrest.

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