Unclaimed guns to be destroyed - Montague

October 21, 2017
Minister of National Security Robert Montague addresses the media at the press briefing on the appointment of the new Firearm Licensing Authority board yesterday.

The Minister of National Security Robert Montague says one of his mandate to the new board members of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is to properly audit all uncollected firearms.

He said that some of the unclaimed firearms that have been left at the police stations and those that are in storage at the FLA will be destroyed.

"So far we have collected more than 2,500, 500 of which have been turned over to the JDF to be destroyed," he said.

Speaking at a press conference held at the Ministry of National Security's head office in Kingston yesterday morning, where he announced the new board for the FLA, Montague also said that prospective licenced firearm holders will once again be required to sit a literacy test.

"Going forward, if you are going to apply for a firearm license, we need to know that you are literate and that you understand safe handling of the firearm and that you understand the law," he explained.

The new board will be chaired by national security adviser Major General Antony Anderson. The other members of the board are retired judge Justice Maria McIntosh, retired Senior Superintendent Albert Edwards, retired civil servant Ena Rose and banker Aneacia Nesta.

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