Police spokesman Claude Weekes has countered his superior Cyril Carrette on statements regarding people’s rights to carry and brandish firearms for which the license has expired.
The subject had been debated for over an hour this morning on a Q95FM radio program where residents openly chastised the acting commissioner and called for his immediate removal from the position and Weekes in his place.
Acting Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette said that an individual is still considered a license firearm holder irrespective of whether or not he has renewed that license.
Carrette’s statement came in response to media probing on Monday regarding one man threatening another with a gun for which the license has expired, then having that weapon returned to him – still without a license.
“If your license expires that weapon becomes illegal,” Weekes told the Matt In The Morning radio programme. Carrette had said on the other hand “the gun is still licensed. It is registered with the CID (Criminal Investigation Department).”
The incident in question involves a prominent personality in the Portsmouth community who, after having his weapon taken by police investigators, had it returned by police officers on the demand of the acting police commissioner.
He said illegal gun-related charges have since been instituted and the court proceedings are expected to draw to a close next week Thursday.
The police spokesman, who is also a public prosecutor in the Magistrates Courts of Dominica, said he is not looking to cause a rift between himself and his superior but will outline the law, as he knows it.