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PNP calls for Montague's removal from Cabinet

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party's (PNP) Shadow Minister of National Security, Fitz Jackson is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to remove former National Security Minister, Robert Montague from the Cabinet regarding 29 gun license approvals, which he said were initially rejected by the established Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) mechanisms on account of adverse traces.

In as statement today, Jackson said that Montague last week announced that a group of people he empanelled to review decisions of the review board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) made recommendations for the approvals.

According to Jackson, the entire firearm licensing process has now been compromised; and if Montague's group is still in existence, the prime minister should immediately instruct the present national security minister to immediately disband the group in order to restore credibility to the system and the FLA.

Jackson argued that there was no provision in law for Montague to put together any ad hoc group to review the recommendations of a review board established by law and it was necessary for the PNP to be advised if the decisions allowing appeals to the FLA were ultra vires, and therefore of no legal effect.

Jackson added that Montague should be transparent and immediately disclose the names of the panel which he empowered to review recommendations the FLA's “legally constituted” review board.

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