Charged for previously licensed guns


In a bizarre story, William Mulligan, a 36-year-old businessman from San Pedro, says he is being charged for trying to license his own guns. According to Mulligan, he went to license his four firearms earlier this month at the Raccoon Street Station, as he does every year, but when he got there, the police said that they could only find two of his permits in their system. Despite having copies of those two permits, police confiscated the weapons, a 12 gauge shotgun and a 9mm pistol.
For what police call a case of kept unlicensed firearm and kept unlicensed ammunitions, for the shotgun and pistol, Mulligan was arraigned on Thursday, August 22, 2019. He was read two counts of each charge when he was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and told the magistrate that the gun licensing system is “dysfunctional”. Due to the nature of the offense, bail could not be offered and he was remanded for an overnight before he appeared in the Supreme Court.
That court appearance was on Friday, August 23, 2019 before Justice Herbert Lord who offered him bail of $8,000 plus two sureties of $4,000 each which he met. Mulligan’s next court date is set for October 23, 2019. His attorney Ellis Arnold says the case will no doubt end in a lawsuit as his client has been going to register his gun every year and has all the documents for the gun. Arnold called it ridiculous and says that someone will have to be held responsible as his client was arrested, charged, and remanded overnight on the matter.