Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer
MANDEVILLE HAS opened its doors for the first time to an official firearm and ammunition dealership. This kind of trade has been traditionally limited to key establishments in Kingston, Spanish Town and Montego Bay.
Attempts at a such an establishment had been tried here years ago, but not as a legal entity sanctioned by the firearm authority.
So significant was the latest undertaking that it carried the blessing of National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who cut the ribbon at its official opening recently at James Warehouse Plaza, located on lands behind Mandeville Regional Hospital.
Proprietor is Orville Henriques, a Mandeville resident, who has over time experienced a meteoric rise from a youngster who once sold wares in the market with his mother on a Saturday, to being a truck driver, and then a construction contractor.
A gun enthusiast, he has over the last three years developed into a world-rated shooter with the US Practical Shooting Association, in the Limited Division where he is in the Master Class. He regularly participates in the international tournaments, and was also a member of the Jamaican delegation that participated in the World Practical Shooting contest held in Greece last September.
Bunting, who is also the member of parliament for Central Manchester, praised Henriques for the bold investment.