Director resigns following probe at Firearm Licensing Authority
The National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the head of the applications department at the Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA) has resigned following an investigation into its operations.
Bunting made the disclosure this afternoon in the House of Representatives while responding to questions from his opposition counterpart, Derrick Smith.
The national security minister did not reveal why the probe was ordered or the results of the investigation.
Meanwhile, Bunting said the FLA has improved the processing applications for firearm licences.
He said the agency has moved from a backlog of 6,000 applications in 2012 to about 2,500 at present.
The national security minister said enhanced transparency and responsiveness in the application process has resulted in a surge in interest by Jamaicans.
Bunting also said the FLA receives an average of five applications per month and applications customarily take six months to be processed.
But, the national security minister said from time to time it can take up to 12 months because of demand.