Psychologists to assess firearm licence applicants
The chief executive officer (CEO) of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), Shane Dalling, says the agency is holding talks with two psychologists to assess permit applicants.
Dalling said will be part of the vetting process for people applying for firearm licences.
“Our scope of checks that we are carrying out now will go very deep into the individual’s character before a licence is issued. All persons who have licences are being re-evaluated to ensure that they are still fit and proper to hold those firearms,” he added.
In addition, the CEO said a literacy test will be introduced for new applicants.
"We believe persons should be able to read and write in order to be given such an awesome responsibility of owning and carrying a licensed firearm," Dalling said at a press conference at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew on Friday.
He said his management team believes these two steps will help with better selecting persons who are capable and responsible to keep firearms.
According to Dalling, some of the methods of assessment currently being used will still be used.
These include tracking the approved amount of ammunition being sent to dealers.
"For years, we have been tracking the usage of ammunition across the country. We take the issue of firearm licensing very seriously, and the accountability measures that have been put in place have made a lot of persons uncomfortable, but we will not resile from doing what we need to do,” Dalling said.