MONTEGO BAY, St James — PLANS are well advanced for a branch of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) to be opened in this resort city next month.
The disclosure was made by Minister of National Security Peter Bunting last week during his address to members of the business sector at a forum held at the headquarters of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI).
"One of the things I am happy to announce is that the MoBay FLA branch will open within one month," the national security minister disclosed to a thunderous applause from the floor.
He added: "It has been through all the approvals now. We have the space and we are going to staff it up in the next three or four weeks."
The branch is expected to be located in the Bogue area of Montego Bay.
Recently, western Jamaica's businessmen expressed disappointment over the delay in the opening of a promised FLA office in Montego Bay.
MBCCI President Davon Crump had spearheaded the calls from the business sector in western Jamaica for the establishment of the office in Montego Bay.
Crump argued then, that the MBCCI has for years been lobbying for the establishment of a regional FLA office in Montego Bay "to prevent the inefficiency, security risk, gross inconvenience, and totally unnecessary costs and expense suffered by too many people, including women, who must journey all the way to Kingston, simply to renew or apply for a firearm licence".
Yesterday Crump expressed delight that a western regional FLA office is one step closer to reality.
"We are extremely pleased that the minister has announced the October opening date of a western regional FLA office. This is long overdue and I am sure this will be something that will be welcomed by licensed firearm holders who will now be spared the inconvenience of travelling to Kingston to renew their firearm licences," he explained.