Gun-loving Philippines President Benigno Aquino III refused to back an outright ban on firearms ownership today in the wake of a bloody New Year's massacre that left several children dead.
Shooting enthusiast Aquino will be among the thousands of Filipinos banned from bearing their arms outside their homes in the five-month run-up to elections under poll laws.
Checkpoints will be set up across the country to enforce the rule.
But the president ruled out permanently outlawing gun ownership today, saying that doing so would "make a nice headline" but wouldn't solve the country's problems.
The Philippines has one of the highest murder rates in south-east Asia.
A massacre last week which saw a lone gunman go on a deadly rampage in his community near the capital Manila has fuelled calls for an outright ban on the weapons.
But the president is thought to favour increased restrictions instead.
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