Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – FLA Board Members Resign: The Ministry of National Security announced the resignations on Wednesday morning, of the members of the Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority. There has been public outrage about reports that the FLA had issued permits to certain individuals despite concerns raised by the police.
The National Security Ministry’s statement said, “following a series of debriefing sessions, the Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority has tendered a letter of resignation to National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague.”
The board, chaired by Dennis Wright, in its letter said the members are stepping down to protect their integrity and that of the institution.
Dennis Meadows, deputy chairman, had already stepped aside from the activities of the board, while investigations into some of FLA’s licensing decisions are being conducted.
The statement said the members felt that the current debate is distracting from the government’s “commendable crime fighting strategies…”
As a result of the board’s resignation, the National Security Minister has approved the following interim plan of action to be implemented:
- The Firearm Licensing Authority should not issue any approval for gun licenses or permits for the next seven working days.
- The Chief Executive Officer Mr. Shane Dalling, over the same period , will provide an update of the progress of the Ministry of National Security Assessment Report on the Firearm Licensing Authority 2017 (Allen Report) and the status of the implementation of the recommendations to the Minister.
- The CEO, Mr. Dalling and the FLA staff, must give full support to the Justice Seymour Panton Review Panel to ensure full transparency and the integrity of the FLA.
- Cabinet will be briefed on situation.
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