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National Security Minister summons FLA board amid controversy over gun permits

Published:Friday | July 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM
National Security Minister Robert Montague

The National Security Minister Robert Montague has summoned the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) to a meeting this afternoon amid mounting worry over the issuance of gun permits allegedly to people involved in crimes.

The permit holders were reportedly denied licences by the previous FLA board.

FLA executive director Shane Dalling has declined to address the specific claims in detail saying all matters concerning firearms and permit applications are treated very seriously and with the strictest of confidence.

However, he said when a gun permit application is received, several background checks are carried out on the applicant and certain security clearance must be received.

Speaking this morning on RJR's Hotline, Dalling confirmed that the police have written to the authority raising concern about an individual with a gun permit.

He said, however, that the permit has since been revoked.

Dalling said as part of the FLA’s due diligence process, the police are always contacted and highly confidential information is received from time to time.

"We consider that information highly sensitive and same is not shared with the public," Dalling said.

The Gleaner has received communication, purportedly from the police to the FLA, raising concern about the issuance of permits to certain a man described as the mastermind of the lottery scamming.

The weapon is reported to have been featured in a triple murder.

The police note to the FLA reads: "...Info has been rec'd from a very reliable source that AB of BC is a major mastermind in the illicit lottery scam and stolen motor vehicle ring unfolding in that part of the island... From information rec'd we are now aware that he has been issued a firearm licence by the FLA which has attracted much displeasure from the police and decent law abiding citizens who are questioning his eligibility in light of his known involvement in organised crime."