Give me back my gun
Former police officer Wayne James has had his gun ownership licence revoked. He wants to know why and he wants it returned
Police Commissioner Daniel Carbon has confiscated Wayne James' 9mm Ruger pistol and revoked his gun license. But James wants them all back.
"My client requests that you restore the said license and the firearm to him for the purpose for which the said license was issued," wrote Attorney at law J. Gildon Richards in a letter to the Police Commissioner.
"If you fail to satisfy my client's request made hereby, my client will institute legal proceedings against you and or the attorney general for a just relief inclusive of the consequent cost or costs he may incur," Richards warned.
James is a member of the Electoral Commission and retired Corporal of Police; he's also the brother of former Prime Minister Edison James of Marigot.
In a letter dated June 23, 2016 Commissioner Carbon revoked James' license with immediate effect saying that he was "unfit" but Carbon offered no further explanation.
However, Richards told Carbon in the letter that James "was utterly shocked, embarrassed and distressed" to have his gun and license taken away without explanation.
"My client therefore believes that you had either no reason or no good reason for your said decision," said Richards. "In consequence, my client advisedly believes that you have unreasonably and unlawfully exposed him to possible grave danger, against which he may not be able to defend without his licensed firearm."
Richards said Commissioner Carbon was aware that James operates a business in Sylvania which often requires him to keep late working hours. Coincidentally, two days after the police took away his gun, James' residence was burglarized and he has suffered "consequent psychological, emotional and mental stress," Richards added.
"In accordance with my instructions I hereby request from you on my client's behalf, and in writing, the lawful reason or reasons for your decision whereby you revoked his firearms user's license with immediate effect. Alternatively, my client requests that you restore the said license and the firearm to him for the purpose for which the said license was issued," the letter stated.
"Please be advised that your written reason must be delivered at my chambers on or before July 7, 2016," Richards said.
By saying James was "unfit" to legally own a gun, the Commissioner may have meant that James was under 18 years old, was of unsound mind and that James failed to comply with the law. That's what the law says but Commissioner Carbon may have other reasons.