FLA Seizes Gun Dealership Documents

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Investigators from the Firearms Licensing Authority, FLA this morning seized documents from a gun dealership based in central Jamaica.

This, as its probe intensifies into a suspected racket, over the past years, involving several people connected to the agency.

The seizure of the documents from the dealership has come after it was reportedly discovered that guns were bought from the dealership by a number of people whose gun licenses are currently under investigation.

The FLA and the Police are reportedly investigating information that the dealership operated as a ‘one stop shop’.

It’s said the dealership provided several services to applicants for gun licenses which it’s not authorized to provide.

Our news center disclosed last evening that more 40 people handed over their licensed guns to the FLA yesterday.

The firearms were seized pending further investigations.

It’s understood the seizures come as the FLA’s management is moving to recommend to the new Board — which is to be appointed shortly — that the licenses issued to the 40 people be revoked.

They were reportedly given gun licenses under questionable circumstances between 2012 and 2017.

In the meantime, it’s understood the management of the FLA met this afternoon with the Office of the Contractor General, OCG.

Earlier this year, the OCG launched a probe into suspected unlawful activities at the agency.

That probe is ongoing.

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Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.