National Security, Minister Robert Montague, has confirmed that retired JDF Chief of Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, is the new Chairman of the Firearm Licensing Authority, FLA.
Minister Montague made the announcement this morning at a media conference at his Ministry’s head office in St. Andrew. The board will be in place for three years.
The former FLA Board resigned in August amid a scandal over the alleged sale of gun licenses to criminal suspects.
Retired Senior Superintendent of Police, Albert Edwards, retired civil servant, Ena Rose and banker, Aneacia Neita are among the new board members.
Retired judge, Justice Marva McIntosh, who served on the previous board, completes the members who are to begin serving next week.
The Security Minister noted that the majority of the new board members are women.
Minister Montague says he’s mandated the new Board to intensify efforts to make the FLA a model agency for accountability.
He noted a push to increase transparency at the agency.
In the meantime, General Anderson, expressed confidence that the new board will achieve the mandate of making the FLA accountable.
Meanwhile, Minister Montague says he’s issued instructions for measures to be put in place to account for millions of bullets which are imported into Jamaica each year.
Meantime, Chief Executive Officer of the FLA, Shane Dalling, revealed that the recent amnesty which allowed firearm holders to regularize their documents raked in $28-million.
Mr. Dalling says the drive to collect guns from holders whose documents are not up to date continues.
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