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PNP calls for FLA workers who breached gun permit guidelines to be charged

Julian Robinson
 
Revelations about the issuing of gun licences by the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) have sparked a call for criminal charges to be brought against former workers and board members of the entity.
 
The call is being made by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP).
 
Among the revelations made on Tuesday at Parliament's Internal and External Affairs Committee, was a disclosure that applications were being approved by board members before proper background checks were done by the police.
 
The committee was also told that some FLA workers were collecting money illegally and that there was direct interaction between those staffers and board members.
 
PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson said there needs to be immediate action by the police and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
 
"We don't know where those guns would have ended up - whether they ended up in criminal hands or not - and there is a need for an investigation to determine who should be held accountable for the actions which were outlined at the Internal and External Affairs Committee," he said. 
 
"It's a very serious breach because we're trying to fight crime and if the agency that has responsibility for issuing licences in a transparent manner is breaching it in this way, then it is cause for great concern," Mr. Robinson asserted. 
 
Mr. Robinson is demanding Prime Minister Andrew Holness hold former National Security Minister Robert Montague accountable for the irregularities at the FLA. 
 
"Even though the former minister is no longer in that portfolio, some action should be taken against him because he was the one who oversaw and had responsibility for the FLA at the time these breaches took place," he contended. 
 
The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) started an investigation into irregularities at the FLA in 2017.
 
However, there has been no word from MOCA on the outcome of the probe.


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