HC Deb 13 August 1894 vol 28 c774

On behalf of the hon. Member for West Mayo, I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland if he can give any reason why J. T. Staunton, rural postman in Achill Island, was refused a gun licence by the Resident Magistrate at Belmullet, although he was informed that the only object in getting a gun was for the purpose of shooting seals and selling the skins?


The Resident Magistrate informs me that, in the exercise of the discretion vested in him by law, ho declined to issue an arms licence to the person named in the question. It would be contrary to practice to state the reasons which influenced the Resident Magistrate in refusing to grant the licence in this or other cases. But I am not satisfied with these reasons, and lam of opinion the man should have the licence.