FLA no longer flapping like a flag in the wind

Friday, July 13, 2018

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Dear Editor,

A few years ago the average Jamaican, upon seeing the letters “FLA”, would wonder why had the 'g' been left off to complete the word flag.

Fast-forward to 2017 when a number of irregularities and improprieties were found out, the letters FLA came to light and the rightful meaning became understood as the Firearm Licensing Authority.

The previous board of directors resigned and a new one was appointed, headed by the present Commissioner of Police Major General Anthony Anderson and a new CEO in attorney-at-law Shane Dalling appointed to steer the authority out of controversy.

The public was made aware of shocking allegations of firearm holders who had not renewed their licences in years; individuals of questionable character granted firearm licences; people granted licences without the proper due diligence being carried out; and a host of other irregularities.

Now, more than ever before, the FLA is vocal on firearms, ammunition and misconduct by licence holders. In recent times there have been some incidents popping up of firearm holders taking actions with their firearms — there was the National Commercial Bank incident, the Braemar Avenue apartment complex incident, and the windshield wiper incident in Liguanea. And here the authority has been hard at work revoking and suspending licences and, where necessary, carrying out investigations and informing the public along the way.

All in all, the new board and management should be commended for the work they have been doing to bring order and transparency to the authority and keep firearm holders in check, which includes holding them responsible for their actions.

Hezekan Bolton

h_e_z_e@hotmail.com

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