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The Patriots wants law amended to remove security minister's power to appoint FLA board members

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 2:16 PM

The People's National Party (PNP) affiliate, The Patriots, wants the law governing the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) amended to remove the power of the security minister to appoint board members, among other things.

In a release this afternoon, The Patriots says the provision in the law that allows the security minister to appoint members to the FLA Board is dangerous as it is a threat to public safety.

"The Act currently prescribes the appointment of three positions on the FLA Board, but this prescription should be expanded to remove the minister’s discretion," the PNP's young professionals stated in the release.

"In addition, the position of chairman of the Authority should be subject to a confirmation vote of the lower house of parliament, after proper background investigation by the relevant authority prior to any appointment," it said.

The Patriots contends that the review must eliminate the present system which shaft those who abide by the rules.

According to the young political group, law abiding citizens who endure the rigours of the vetting process as prescribed are deliberately frustrated, while those with connections are able to circumvent the process and get their applications approved.

The PNP affiliate also wants the FLA CEO, Shane Dalling, to vacate the position at the agency.

“We expect the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) to thoroughly investigate the breaches at the FLA with a view to take appropriate action where warranted,” The Patriots President Omar Newell said.