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MP presses for transparency in reasons given for denying applications for firearm licences

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MP presses for transparency in reasons given for denying applications for firearm licences

Member of Parliament for St Catherine South, Fitz Jackson, has called for more transparent reasons to be provided to applicants who are denied licences by the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA)

Member of Parliament for St Catherine South, Fitz Jackson, has called for more transparent reasons to be provided to applicants who are denied licences by the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).

“I know of cases because persons have come to me and I’ve made enquiry on the FLA and they never told them why but they have some other reasons but they’re not disclosing it and so the person leaves aggrieved because they have been denied of a benefit,” Jackson said during the June 16 joint select committee meeting on the Firearms (Prohibition, Restriction and Regulations) Act, 2022.

He said though disappointed, persons who have been denied would be more satisfied with a detailed response as opposed to “otherwise unfit” which is a vague response.

“The only person who knows the ‘otherwise’ is the Authority. The ordinary Jamaican must feel that even if they don’t get what they want, the State is not unfair or unjust to them,” Jackson said.

He added that Jamaicans who feel they were unjustly treated by the FLA and have heard that the Parliament is reviewing the legislation are looking forward to the law being improved so that there can be some “justice” to them.

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