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Man sues CoP over firearm licence silence

Published: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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Justice Frank Seepersad

A Sangre Grande businessman has been granted permission to sue acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams for failing to respond to his request for a variation of his Firearm Users’ Licence (FUL) for over two years.

High Court Judge Frank Seepersad on Friday granted Khansaran Sarran permission to pursue his judicial review claim against Williams.

In his lawsuit, Sarran claimed that he was first granted a FUL for a shotgun in 2002 but applied for the licence to be varied to allow him to carry a pistol in July 2015.

“Owing to the disconcerting crime endemic and a previous threat to both my personal life and business operation, I feel compelled to vary my FUL so as to acquire a pistol,” Sarran stated in his affidavit.

He claimed that despite making several inquiries to Williams’ office, he received no communication as to whether or not it had been approved.

Sarran is seeking a declaration that Williams failed in his obligations under the Firearms Act by taking an unreasonable and inordinate period to consider the application and provide a response. He is also seeking an order compelling Williams to and decide on the application.

In addition to the lawsuit, Sarran has threatened to lodge an appeal with the Firearms Appeal Board, which reviews applications for FULs which are rejected by the Police Commissioner.

Sarran is being represented by Jagdeo Singh, Dinesh Rambally, Kiel Tacklalsingh and Lana Lakhan.

The case will come up for a hearing next on December 12.