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FLA trying to re-make missing Patrick Powell gun file

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 7:33 PM

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is now scrambling to determine whether it can again compile a file for businessman Patrick Powell after the main one went missing from the agency.

Speaking at a meeting of the Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) today, FLA applications manager Deidre Mullings, said the agency has a copy of elements of the main file that is missing.

Mullings explained that when the FLA was being established, a database on gun permits was transferred from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to the authority.

She said she didn’t know how the database was transferred but suggested that the JCF could still have the physical files on gun licences.

Mullings added that the missing file was created internally by the FLA.


Manager at the FLA, Deidre Mullings

Meanwhile, permanent Secretary in the National Ministry Dianne McIntosh said the ministry has given instructions for the FLA to improve the security of files at the regulator.

McIntosh said the National Security Ministry is taking the matter seriously.

She said the interim CEO at the FLA has been tasked to undertake an assessment of the systems at the FLA.


Permanent Secretary in the National Security Ministry Dianne McIntosh

PAAC Chairman, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the situation of the missing Patrick Powell file raises questions about the integrity of the systems at the FLA.

He says it’s critical that remedial action be urgently undertaken.