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US firearm ban will affect business – gun dealer

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 3:27 PM

At least one firearm dealer is predicting a steep downturn in business in the wake of the decision by the United States to ban gun exports to Jamaica.

Yesterday, the US Embassy said it’s reviewing its firearm export licensing approval process in light of recent events concerning Jamaica’s Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

The FLA has been under scrutiny since it revealed that it could not locate the firearm file for businessman, Patrick Powell, who was recently acquitted of a murder charge.

One firearm dealer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says the ban will affect licenced firearm holders and prospective gun owners who will be unable to make purchases.

He also said soon there will be no guns for persons to purchase in light of the fact that gun dealers typically do not stock firearms and ammunition.

He also explained that dealers usually make purchases for resell to gun owners based on need.

The gun dealer says the ban by the US will also affect training exercises for persons who are currently seeking to obtain a gun licence.