BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Leon Natta-Nelson of Molineaux was formally arrested and charged on Oct. 10 for failing to renew his Firearm Users License between Feb. 1 and Oct. 7.

Natta-Nelson’s Firearm Users License expired on December 31, 2017. Natta-Nelson failed to renew the license within the lawfully stipulated period, which would have been on or before Jan. 31, contrary to section 44(4) of the Firearm Act (2009).

Section 44(5) of the Firearm Act states, “Any person who fails to pay the appropriate fee in accordance with the provisions of this section commits an offence and, on summary conviction thereof before a Magistrate, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars and in default of payment to imprisonment with or without hard labour for a term not less than twelve months and not exceeding three years.”

The weapon, along with 25 rounds of ammunition, was confiscated by the Police on Oct. 8.

Natta-Nelson was subsequently granted bail in the sum of $10,000 with two sureties for his appearance before the Basseterre Magistrate in December.