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FLA deputy board chairman steps aside amid police probe

Published:Saturday | July 29, 2017 | 9:32 PM
Dennis Meadows

Dennis Meadows, the deputy chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), has recused himself from the authority’s board to allow for a police investigation into irregularities in the granting of gun permits.

A release from the National Security Ministry says the FLA’s chairman, Dennis Wright, has asked the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency, MOCA, to initiate an investigation into innuendos being made against Meadows.

Wright has also asked MOCA to investigate any approval of firearm licences which may be considered suspicious prior to 2016.

The chairman says he received a letter from Meadows advising of his decision to recuse himself from the board while the investigation takes place.

He says Meadows welcomes any investigation as it will protect his integrity and that of the FLA.

Meadows reportedly told the Board he is the target of a smear campaign, and is confident that at the end of the investigation, his integrity will remain intact.

Reports emerged this week that the Board had approved gun licences for applicants who, based on police investigations, have been found to be linked to illegal activities.