Renewal of the decree and the license
The Regional Administrative Court of Lazio dealt with a very particular case concerning the issuing of a weapons licence. In fact, a citizen turned to the TAR judges after he had been prevented from renewing his license, in addition to the security guard decree. The motivation? The man was not considered trustworthy due to association with a convicted woman.
The reasons of the TAR
The TAR justified its decision as follows: "The provision criticized here is indeed motivated exclusively by the fact that the appellant associates with a person already criminally sanctioned and, for this reason alone, it considered that this eventuality entails the appellant's unreliability to the duties of the private security guard".
Not enough argument
The judges then added: "The measure adopted by the defendant, precisely in relation to the serious consequences it entails (loss of job) requires a timely and adequate justification which objectively demonstrates and cannot be revoked in doubt, the lack of the necessary requirements for carrying out of the delicate functions entrusted to private security and, in particular, to the appellant. The association, for sentimental reasons, with a person already affected by criminal sanctions is not a sufficient argument to provide for the revocation of the police title".