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Opposition wants FLA to audit police armoury

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2010 | 9:10 AM

The Opposition spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting is suggesting that the powers of Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) be expanded to conduct audits of firearms kept in storage by the police.

Under the law, the FLA only has the authority to audit guns and ammunition held by private gun owners.

However Mr Bunting said in light of the recent massive find of police gun and ammunition in Kingston, the government may need to adjust this provision.

On February 4, a police team recovered 19 guns and over 10 thousand rounds of ammunition at a house on Munster Road in Kingston.

A number of police ballistic vests were also seized.

The items were taken from the police armoury and stores.

A police sergeant is among several people arrested in connection with the seizure.

The acting Police Commissioner Owen Ellington has since ordered the closure of the Police Armoury and stores and a comprehensive audit of the weapons.