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Firearm Licensing Authority withdraws new technical requirements

Published:Wednesday | March 12, 2014 | 9:10 AM

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has admitted it did not get approval from the Ministry of National Security when it issued new stringent requirements for the annual renewal of licensed firearms.



The Authority says it has now withdrawn the new list of technical requirements to be satisfied under a Safe Use and Handling Assessment.



Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security Major General Stewart Saunders, told Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee yesterday that staff at the FLA had been telling persons that there would be new requirements next year.



However, he said this was wrong.



Chief Executive Officer of the FLA, Dr Kenroy Wedderburn said the Authority should have sought approval from the ministry and done a full review of the process.



Among the new prerequisites outlined by the FLA are demonstration of good aim by applicants, field stripping of firearm for cleaning; drawing and presenting of firearm; and loading and unloading of firearm.



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