FLA reps put to the test
THE EDITOR, Sir:
The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is an agency that is responsible for the granting of firearm user licences or permits, where vetted individuals can own and carry a variety of firearms. The agency has been under fire over the past months based on sundry reasons. A thing that I have noticed over the years is that a number of firearm holders are acting in ways that are unbecoming, and there is cause for concern.
Based on their doings, some have lost their lives. Others have taken the lives of others in self-defence while defending lives or properties, and some have been arrested because they acted outside of guidelines or procedures.
Personally, I am not in a position to elaborate on the ways in which the FLA issue permits or licences to individuals or the status and background of people who acquire firearms through the agency, but oftentimes, there are incidents involving licensed firearm holders that are startling.
As a former local police and foreign soldier, I hold no grudge against a licenced firearm holder because I know the feeling that comes with owning or being in position of a firearm.
For some people, it comes as a form of security, while for others, there are increases in ego, which results in careless behaviour at times.
Consequently, I believe that FLA representatives have been faced with a number of trials over the years with the issuance of permits or licences, so a number of measures must be put in place to ensure that persons applying for gun licences will have to undergo a more intense level of vetting and scrutiny, which must include various types of training and firearm handling in order to prevent present and future inappropriate behaviour.