An avid gun collector has apologised to police for losing his temper and firing rounds from handguns last weekend when they came to visit him.
Páll Reynisson, who owns a hunting museum in Stokkseyri, lives in Selfoss. Last Sunday night, police were informed that shots were heard coming from his home. Police arrived on the scene but when they attempted to enter the property, a highly intoxicated Páll began firing shots from two handguns. He was eventually arrested.
Amazingly, a judge ruled against the Chief of Police’s request to keep Páll in custody, and he was released, pending a trial. This may have been because Páll never fired his weapons directly at the police. The police intend to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.
Police discovered that Páll had about 90 guns in his home. He was stripped of his licences to own any of them.
In the wake of this event, Páll publicly apologised for his behaviour, saying, “I admit I made a personal mistake Sunday night that I alone bear responsibility for. I ask forgiveness from those I have threatened, scared or disappointed with my behaviour. I’ve decided to seek help for my problem, and am going into rehab for alcohol abuse.”
He added that his problems have nothing to do with the Hunting Museum in Stokkseyri, and should not suffer for his actions.