HC Deb 14 February 1902 vol 103 c50
MR.O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)

I beg P ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a farmer, named Thomas Reynolds, of Kilcummin, Cloonacool, County Sligo, has been refused a gun licence by Mr. Crotty, R.M., although the applicant was recommended by two county magistrates; and will he state the grounds on which the refusal of this licence was based.


The discretion of granting or withholding an arms licence is vested by law in the resident Magistrate as the licensing officer of the district. It would be contrary to practice to disclose the reasons which influence the resident Magistrate in the exercise of that discretion.


Then how is this most respectable farmer to procure a licence?


Order, order