The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has responded to reports that 300 firearm user's licenses (FUL) were issued when Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith was out of the country in March of this year.
According to a report in Sunshine Today, an allegation was made that people who received their gun licence during that period had to pay bribes from as low as $20,000 to as high as $50,000.
It added that licences were issued to persons who had applied mere days before.
Seeking to set the record straight, the TTPS on Wednesday said during the period March 2 and 17, 2020 and during the absence from the country of the Commissioner, 52 firearm licenses were granted.
It said the applications were granted to 23 police officers, six members of the Defence Force, one prison officer, one member of the Strategic Services Agency, and 21 civilians.
The TTPS added that five applications were speedily fast-tracked because of the circumstances surrounding the applicants, and after an investigative process was carried out by the relevant department.
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