FLA to recover costs from applicants, firearm holders who lost court cases against itFriday, December 03, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) says it will recover millions of dollars in legal costs from applicants and firearm holders, who lost cases filed against the FLA to reverse the decisions of the Board.
According to the agency, both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal have ruled that these individuals pay the legal costs of the FLA.
The FLA said all the applicants and firearm holders involved were represented by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman.
''The most recent decision came from the Court of Appeal in a case brought by Robert Ivey, whose licences were revoked in 2017 after an extensive review and investigation by the FLA of persons of questionable character who had obtained firearm licences,'' the agency said in a statement on Friday.
''It was identified that Mr Ivey had acquired firearm licences although he had a previous conviction in a foreign state, and was deported to Jamaica. Furthermore, the Court of Appeal in its judgement stated that Mr Ivey's decision to challenge the revocation of his licences by the FLA was misguided,'' the statement added.
The FLA said that to date, none of the cases brought before the courts by attorney-at-law Hugh Wildman has led to the return of any firearm licences.
''However, the FLA has incurred millions in legal fees to defend these cases, and therefore will use all efforts to recover expenses paid for legal representation,'' it noted.
''The recent rulings of the court support the FLA's commitment to conducting fair, transparent and detailed investigations for all applicants and holders, and validate the processes for denying or revoking licences,'' it added.
The FLA encouraged applicants, prospective applicants and holders to visit www.fla.gov.jm or its social media platforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep abreast of the policies and requirements of the FLA, and general considerations and stipulations within the Firearms Act.