Firearm licences modified
The Ministry of Home Affairs has modified the procedures leading up to the granting of firearm licences and the registration of firearm dealers by the Guyana Police Force.
According to a statement released yesterday; the Disciplined Forces Report in its recommendations of the granting of firearm licences recommended that “the Minister of Home Affairs should utilise his statutory powers under the Firearms Act to make standard and uniform regulations with regard to firearm licencing” in keeping with:
(I) that and other recommendations of the Disciplined Forces Commission.
(ii) the mandate of the Select Committee of Parliament to which the recommendations were sent for implementation.
According to Section 45 of the Firearms Act Chapter 16:05; regulations are aimed at strengthening the process of granting of firearm licences.
These regulations were published on April 10, 2010 (Legal Supplement B) issue of the Official Gazette.
It was stated that contrary to a misleading press release on April 23, 2010, the regulations have put in place transparent systems to guard against allegations that have been previously made that the process of approving the grant of firearm licences was faulty.
It was further stated that the regulations provide for the formation of an independent Firearms Licence Approval Board to review all recommendations for the grant of firearm licences and the registration of firearm dealers.
“The power of the Prescribed Officer under the law to issue firearm licences has not been interfered with, neither has the process of revocation of firearm licences by the Police has been interfered with.”
It was stated that the new arrangement caters for more orderliness of the process.