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Lieutenant governor has no Firearms ID

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 5:10 PM Updated:

Guam's lieutenant governor apologized more than 20 times during an interview with KUAM News on Wednesday, but Ray Tenorio also made it clear his reasons for grabbing an officer's gun was because he is in charge of public safety.   

Lt. Governor Tenorio repeatedly made sure to let us know he's the man, saying, "As the overseer of public safety," and, "my responsibility as the overseer of public safety," also, "as the overseer of public safety," additionally, "as the overseer of public safety," and further, "I'm part of the public safety system."

It's a role that Governor Eddie Calvo designated him to undertake after he and Tenorio won the election in 2010, and now more than ever, the L.T. has shown it's a position he takes seriously. "Public safety is always the underlying reason for doing what I've always down in the Government of Guam," he stated.

But the overseer of public safety has admitted to media he doesn't have a firearms ID, which according to Guam law in order to own, possess, use or carry you must have one. It also means at the Guam BBQ Block Party, he didn't when he grabbed a police officer's gun from its holster because it looked unsecured - this in the name of public safety-- and after drinking two or three beers.

"I see something that I feel is in jeopardy or the officer or the safety of the people, I rather take an action than wait for something to be done," he maintained. "And then someone get hurt? As a police officer, my intentions - previously and an instructor in the academy, and now as the overseer of public safety - my interest is only the public safety. And I think the officers know about that I'm not above the law."

As we reported because a complaint was officially filed with the Guam Police Department, the agency submitted its preliminary findings and the complaint to the AG's office, which in turn confirmed its criminal division was conducting an investigation.  Among the many charges listed in an attachment to the complaint filed by Troy Torres was the fact that the Lt. Governor did not possess a firearms ID.

Although Governor Calvo expressed his disappointment with Tenorio's conduct at the Block Party, we asked however, should the designated overseer of public safety, accused of overstepping the law, step down?

"No, no, I don't I think so," Calvo said. "I think you should let things run the course and they are. At the same time, we understand that this is a heated political season and there's enough falsehoods coming to our administration from various sources that we don't need to step on our own feet. So, I talked to the Lt. Governor about it and again he was contrite but as he works toward going and continuing on his campaign for his governorship we have a little bit less than half a year left in my administration we got keep our eyes on the ball and ensure we get the job done for the people of Guam."

It's the same game plan for the Lt. Governor, despite fumbling that ball on Saturday. Tenorio said, "This is not about the election it's about me, Ray Tenorio, owning up. When we do something wrong, when we do something right, we should take credit either way. This is fully my responsibility and I own up to it."

But is it too late to apologize? That we'll have to wait and see after the criminal investigation is concluded.

We should note that the attachment listed to the complaint filed by Torres listed the charges of a lack of firearms ID and assault on a police officer...those two specific charges however were not included in GPD's press release which only stated that there was a complaint filed against the Lt. Governor alleging Public intoxication, reckless conduct, disorderly conduct and official misconduct.

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