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Former FLA chairman believes structure, regulations governing agency are adequate

Published:Tuesday | August 8, 2017 | 1:02 PM

Robert Gregory, a former chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), says he believes the structure and regulations governing the agency are adequate to safeguard the integrity of the gun licensing process.

Unlike many who are calling for a review of the Firearm Act which governs the set up and function of the FLA, Gregory is not convinced that there needs to be any review.

Speaking on Independent Talk this morning, the former FLA chairman said the integrity of the present system can be ensured if those who are appointed to govern the agency adhere to them.

 

Former chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority, Robert Gregory

In recent weeks the FLA has been embroiled in controversy since it was revealed that the gun licence applications of several persons with questionable character were reviewed and approved by the Board of the agency.

The agency's Board led by Dennis Wright has since resigned and the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is currently carrying out an investigation of gun licences that have been issued.

An investigation is also being carried out by the Office of the Contractor General.

The National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has also ordered that the agency suspend issuing anymore gun licences for seven days.