The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, PSOJ, is calling for regular audits of the granting of licenses by the Firearm Licensing Authority, FLA.

The call follows controversy over revelations by the Integrity Commission, that two former national security ministers, Peter Bunting and Robert Montague, approved licenses for people who were denied by the FLA board due to criminal antecedents.

Montague has since resigned his ministerial job.

The PSOJ says the acts of impropriety at the FLA are a disservice to the Jamaican people.

It says it’s imperative that government officials, elected and selected, be held to account for all inappropriate actions.

George Overton is Chairman of the PSOJ’s Standing Committee on National Security and Justice.

The PSOJ says the Integrity Commission’s findings highlight the need to ensure that public boards are carefully selected, well-trained and of the highest integrity.

Mr Overton says owning a firearm is not a right but a privilege to be guarded carefully.

He’s also parting company with those demanding the resignation of Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Senator Peter Bunting, over the findings of the Integrity Commission Report.

George Overton, Chairman of the PSOJ’s Standing Committee on National Security and Justice.