A female passenger on board the Celebrity Cruise Line’s Silhouette now faces charges before the Grand Court in Grand Cayman Islands after being arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and six rounds of ammunition.
The passenger, Carol Ann McNeill Skorupan was charged on Sunday, February 3, after firearms were discovered in her bag. A .25 caliber pistol and six rounds of ammunition were discovered in her bag, which was sent to the Cayman Islands by Delta Air Lines.
The passenger was granted bail on February 5 and has been staying at a local Cayman hotel since her release. She appeared in Summary Court last week where Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn ruled that the matter needed to proceed further to Grand Court, which is expected this week.
She has a license to carry a concealed firearm, a license issued by the State of Wisconsin. This license authorizes her to go to other U.S. states with the firearm. She lawfully traveled with the firearm and ammunition from Wisconsin to Florida with three pieces of luggage. She took two pieces of luggage with her from the airport and brought them on the ship.
One bag, the one with the firearm, did not arrive, and she inquired as to where it was located. It appeared that airline personnel took it upon themselves to ship the bag to Grand Cayman, knowing that her ship, the Celebrity Silhouette, would be stopping there. When the ship arrived at port, she was asked to go to the airport. She followed the instruction, and once she arrived at the airport, she was arrested.
The summary court hearing represents the initial part of the proceedings where the magistrate reviews the circumstances and determines whether a version of what transpired was sufficient to allow a jury to properly convict her. The magistrate apparently did believe that the facts justified sending the case along to Grand Court for further adjudication.
A summary of her interview with authorities in Cayman indicated that she intended to keep the bag with a friend in Florida. The magistrate said if that were true, transporting a gun in the U.S. had nothing to do with the Cayman Islands.
Guns on cruise ships are not allowed, with or without a concealed carry permit. Attempting to bring a gun on a cruise ship can result in severe legal penalties. Cruise lines have ways for handling crime at sea. Passengers should always research the policies of the cruise line, as well as the policies of the country at every port before their cruise voyage begins.
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