Mon | Dec 18, 2017

FLA reform welcome

Published:Saturday | September 2, 2017 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I have been watching the debacle with the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) unfold, and I have realised that a lot of the problems now being uncovered have existed for quite some time. I applaud the persons responsible for blowing the whistle and revealing to the public the true state of affairs at the embattled agency.

It is important that government agencies such as this have completely transparent processes and procedures. In fact, this begins with the selection of the right workforce. I believe that the announcement of proper background checks and polygraph verification is critical to ensure that the staff and executives are above reproach.

That is the first step. The second step would have to be the revamping of the processes and procedures. Third has to be the re-examining and updating of all existing licences and holders.

As a firearm holder, I welcome the process of recertification, because it allows persons who were not regular range attendees to familiarise themselves with proper handgun handling and use. I have known so many firearm holders who have never been to a range until certification became compulsory.

The Gun Licence Examination, to come into effect shortly, will also assist in this process.

I have heard the proposed reform agenda, and I am in full agreement as it includes some of what I believe to be quite necessary, in addition to other elements that are obviously lacking in the FLA.

I believe, too, that we should give Shane Dalling an opportunity to prove himself in his position. In all fairness, I don't think any head of an organisation, or CEO, can claim to make significant changes in two months at the helm, when they are just literally getting accustomed to the running of the business. His proactive approach has already borne fruit, with hundreds of persons coming in with weapons that haven't been licenced in years, under the amnesty.

I await the announcement of the new board so that we can possibly clean up the FLA once and for all!

J.F.

Kingston 10