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Appealing to the Firearms Appeal Board


The Commissioner of Police makes the decision to grant or revoke a person's Firearm User's Licence, Certificate or Permit.  You may appeal to the Firearms Appeal Board if you are dissatisfied by the decision of the Commissioner of Police.  You can only appeal after the Commissioner of Police has made a final decision on an application or request for reconsideration.  If the Commissioner of Police considered your matter more than two years ago, you are advised to reapply before you appeal to the Board.




How do I appeal a decision?

Letters of appeal must be made in writing to the Chairman, Firearms Appeal Board, and contain the following information: 

  • Your full name and address.
  • A telephone number at which you can be easily contacted (e.g., cellular or mobile phone).
  • The purpose for which you need the firearm.
  • Any other reasons for your appeal.
Your letter should be mailed, together with a copy of the letter of decision from the Commissioner of Police, to:
 
Chairman, Firearms Appeal Board
c/o Office of the Police Complaints Authority
Corner Park and Abercromby Streets
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies

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What happens after an appeal is made?

The Board will acknowledge your letter of appeal within one week of receipt.  The Board will then request the reasons for the decision on your matter from the Commissioner of Police.  Upon receipt of the Commissioner's comments, your matter will be placed on a List for Hearing.  You will be sent written notification of the date and time your matter is scheduled to be heard at least two weeks in advance.  You may appear at your hearing on your own behalf or with the service of your legal representative or attorney.  Within three days of receiving notification of your hearing date, you should inform the Board in writing or by telephone of your ability to keep the appointment and, if appropriate, the name of your Attorney.  Please bring documentary proof to support your case to the hearing.
 
Within three to four weeks of your hearing, the decision of the Board will be communicated to you or your Legal Representative in writing.  Should you be successful in your appeal, you will receive further communication from the Commissioner of Police before acquiring a firearm.  Unsuccessful appeals will not prohibit you from reapplying to the Commissioner, should your situation change.
 
Applications are treated in the order of receipt. The entire appeal process should take approximately two to three months.

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Are there any associated fees?

There are no fees associated with appealing to the Board.

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Where can I find more information?

For more information, please contact the Firearms Appeal Board using the link below.  You may also contact the Board's office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, except public holidays.  

Firearms Appeal Board
c/o Office of the Police Complaints Authority
Corner Park and Abercromby Streets
Port of Spain
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 627-4377/4382
Fax: (868) 627-0432

Firearms Appeal Board

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