FLA implements changes in line with new gun licence appeal process
The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) says it has made progress in its efforts to modernise its operations and maximise transparency following changes to its appeal process.
Under the new appeal process, an individual aggrieved by the FLA board's decision regarding the granting, amending or suspension of a firearm authorisation may appeal to the FLA's Review Panel for consideration.
The panel now holds the authority to confirm the decision of the board or refer the matter back to the board for a fresh decision.
In a media release on Monday, the FLA said while its board makes the final ruling, the establishment of the review panel to assess the matter adds a layer of equity that had previously been questioned by applicants.
In addition, this decision is now final without any reference to the national security minister.
“The changes to the appeal process support the FLA's dedication to improve its operations with smooth, clear and fair processes. The implementation of a review panel that is independent to the board is a major transformation that will ensure customers due process when seeking an appeal,” commented CEO of the Firearm Licensing Authority, Shane Dalling.
The change follows passage of the Firearms (Prohibition & Regulations) Act, 2022.
The FLA says it has since introduced a range of changes such as the expansion of ballistic testing of bullets, the marking of firearms and electronic fingerprinting.
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