Calvo disappointed over gun incident

TENORIO: Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio sits down with The Guam Daily Post to talk about the recent incident where he pulled a firearm from the holster of a police officer. The interview was at his office in Adelup on July 11. David Castro/The Guam Daily Post

Gov. Eddie Calvo has expressed disappointment with Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio’s behavior at the barbecue street party Saturday night in Tumon, but he is thankful Tenorio apologized.

The governor spoke to reporters Thursday in Sinajana at the groundbreaking for a new baseball field.

“I talked to the lieutenant governor about it,” Calvo said. “He was contrite. At the same time, we should let things run their course” and allow the police department and the attorney general’s office “to do their job.”

Tenorio has admitted that he approached a uniformed on-duty Guam Police Department officer from behind and removed the service revolver out of the officer's holster after noticing it did not appear to be fastened securely. He acknowledged having done this after "two or three" beers at the Tumon barbecue street festival.

The case is now being investigated by the Office of the Attorney General Criminal Division. Attorney General Elizabeth Barrett-Anderson will make the final decision on whether any charges should be brought against the lieutenant governor.

Tenorio told The Guam Daily Post on Wednesday that he does not believe he committed any crime.

Robert Klitzkie, an attorney, former judge and former senator, believes a crime may have been committed, and perhaps more than one.

A key factor, said Klitzkie, is Tenorio’s admission that he did not have a firearms ID at the time of the incident.

Klitzkie cites 10 GCA 60121 (e), which states, "Any person purchasing, possessing, using or carrying a firearm without an applicable identification card shall be guilty of a felony.”

There are other possible violations, Klitzkie said, including assault and criminal mischief.

“There is one caveat,” said Klitzkie. “No one is guilty of a crime until the judge signs a judgment of conviction.”

Campaign impact

Tenorio is the sole Republican candidate for governor. In the November general election he will face one of four gubernatorial teams vying for the Democratic Party nomination in the Aug. 25 primary. On Wednesday, he sidestepped the question of what impact this incident may have on his campaign.

“It’s unfortunate that it happened,” said Phil Flores, past Republican Party chairman and prominent island businessman, “but nobody was hurt ... and I thought he really stepped up to the plate (Wednesday). ... He said he was the one who had the lesson learned and I have to congratulate him for that.”

Flores said he believes that Tenorio “is still going to be our governor come January,” and he thinks the incident “became a big deal because it is an election year.”

Governor Calvo concurred in his remarks Thursday saying, “we understand that this is a heated political season,” but he added “we don’t need to step on our own feet.”

The governor said that as Tenorio continues his campaign in the gubernatorial race, the administration still must keep its eye on the ball and ensure that we "get the work done for the people of Guam.”

“I’m hoping now we can get back on track and focus on the issues," Calvo said. He mentioned the budget and the need to raise more revenue in the wake of the Legislature's decision to repeal the most current law that would have allowed a 2 percent sales tax starting in October.