The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), is reporting a dramatic decrease in the number of applications for licences over the past two years.
This coincided with a spike in revocations.
CEO of the FLA, Shane Dalling, is theorizing that this resulted from more stingent measures implemented in the screening process and stronger vetting systems.
Dalling's disclosure comes in the context of reforms at the FLA, including staff separation and revocation of several firearm licences. He says there is still strong interest from Jamaicans in applying for licences, but the numbers have changed.
“No in fact, we have see a decrease, when I started in 2017 , the number of applications per month was 600 per month, we are now seeing now between 280 to 300 applications…..this is due to more stingent measures and checks implemented,” he said.