AG Faris Al-Rawi Says Pepper Spray Permits Pending
THE process for persons to obtain permits for the use of pepper spray, as well as the importation and sale of the product, is being finalised, says AG Faris Al-Rawi.
His comments come in the face of criticism that Government and the relevant authorities have not done enough to protect women in this country.
On Monday, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar called on Al-Rawi to answer what was the status of the pepper spray legislation.
In response to questions from the Express yesterday, the AG said on Tuesday the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) approved the forms which are necessary for the operationalisation of pepper spray.
“This will allow the applications to be made, as well as the importation, sale and distribution to occur,” he said.
“Please do remind Mrs Persad-Bissessar that the protection of the vulnerable will be aided if she supports bail restrictions, anonymous witness evidence, amendments to the Sexual Offences Act and many other matters that she has simply refused to allow,” Al-Rawi added.
In August 2021, the regulations for the use of pepper spray were finalised.
The rules, subject to the negative resolution of Parliament, were listed in the Firearms (Use of Pepper Spray) Order 2021, published on August 3 by way of a legal notice.
The Firearms (Amendment) Act No 7 of 2021 was passed in the Parliament and was assented to on July 6, 2021 to regulate the use of pepper spray in Trinidad and Tobago.
An advisory committee was established to look at the operationalisation of the law and to determine the type, strength and volumetric content of pepper spray permitted in a canister as the first step towards operationalising the pepper spray law.
It comprised stakeholder representatives from the Ministry of National Security, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Office of Law Enforcement Policy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Customs and Excise Division and Pharmacy Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
It was agreed that a permit would be required to obtain pepper spray.
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