Gun License Authority to Shift from Police Commissioner to New Gun Control Board
By the end of this week, the power to issue and deny gun licenses will no longer be in the hands of the Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams. Recently, the government passed legislation to establish a Gun Control Board, consisting of three members. Since then, there has been a moratorium on gun licenses, as the law has yet to take effect. Today, ComPol Williams spoke about the progress and responded to claims of persons rushing to get their hands on a firearm license.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I’m not sure when the board is going to be put in place that’s a matter for the minister to decide. I know that there are certain infrastructure that needs to be put in place along with the board. I know that the ministry is working on that and once that is done then the board should take over and commence the consideration of persons who are applying for gun licenses. I wouldn’t know if there was a flood of applications. I know I had some applications on my desk and I disposed of them so that whatever comes in now just goes to the board to be dealt with.”