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Major General Antony Anderson is new FLA board chairman; former chair Dennis Wright reappointed

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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THE security ministry last night confirmed the appointment of Major General Antony Anderson as the new board chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

The Jamaica Observer had reported a few weeks ago that Major General Anderson, the national security advisor, was tipped to lead the board of the scandal-hit FLA which came under intense pressure after it emerged that firearm licences were issued to people of questionable character. The board subsequently resigned and two senior managers were fired.

The granting of licences is now the subject of a police investigations at the embattled agency.

Meanwhile, Dennis Wright, businessman and former Jamaica Labour Party candidate who headed the previous board, has been reappointed.

The other members are:

Ena Rose – retired civil servant;

Albert Edwards – retired senior superintendent of police; and

Justice Marva McIntosh – retired senior puisne judge.

The new board, the security ministry said last night, has been mandated to carry out the reforms approved by the former board chaired by Wright.

Some of these reforms include, but are not limited to:

• re-engineering the application process;

• reintroduce the firearm application exam;

• fast-track applications;

• review approvals deemed as suspicious;

• destroy all unused firearms;

• complete the ballistic registration of all firearms;

• audit all ranges;

• introduce a process of recertifying competency officers;

• administer annual polygraph tests to senior staff members; and

• ensure measures are implemented to enhance the customer experience.

The board appointment is for three years.

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