PNP calls for update on FLA

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) has expressed concern that a new board for the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is yet not be named and is calling on Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, to immediately inform the country on the present state of the authority.

The PNP, in a media release today, stated that information must be given namely on the FLA's continued operation without a Board of Directors, the tenure of its Chief Executive Officer, as well as the status of firearm license applications which he suspended on August 2, for seven days.

Last Friday, amidst investigation and raids by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) of the FLA's headquarters on Old Hope Road, the entire operations of the authority were suspended and members of the public were severely inconvenienced, as no business could be done for the entire day.

The PNP further argued that the unannounced MOCA raid is a clear escalation of the crisis, which “requires clean and steady hands with proper focus to carry out the mandate of this vital national institution.”

The Opposition said as such, it is also concerned that despite its repeated calls for the removal of Shane Dalling as CEO, he remains in this role.

“There are several questions relating to his continued presence during the ongoing investigations and raids of the FLA premises. Dalling should be immediately removed from the leadership of the agency as his presence is offensive to the investigation and MOCA's ability to proceed without interference,” the PNP reiterated, adding that Dalling has morphed himself into a one-man board and CEO.

Dalling's direct reporting to the minister, the PNP said, is in contravention of the Firearms Act.

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