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Gun ban takes effect in Philippines

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A ban on carrying firearms went into force in the Philippines Sunday before local elections, amid growing debate about the need for stricter controls following a series of shooting deaths. 

Residents walk past by a door with lighted candles (L) and blood stains (bottom L) after a gunman reportedly shot a mother and child during a rampage in Kawit, on January 4, 2013. A ban on carrying firearms went into force in the Philippines Sunday before local elections, amid growing debate about the need for stricter controls following a series of shooting deaths.

The ban will end on June 13 and is meant to curb violence linked to mid-term elections in May, when the country elects thousands of local officials ranging from governors to senators.

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