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FLA rapped for denying cop gun licence for high-risk home

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FLA rapped for denying cop gun licence for high-risk home

Leader of opposition business in the Senate, Peter Bunting, described as disgraceful and shameful the alleged denial by the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) of a personal gun permit to a policeman who has served in the Jamaica Constabulary Force for five years because of the community in which he lives.

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Debating the Firearms Prohibition Restrictions Act in the Senate Thursday, Bunting said he received a copy of the letter that the FLA wrote to the cop who was denied a personal gun licence.

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Noting that he would not disclose the name of the cop, Bunting said the missive from the FLA read: “Applicant’s area of residence is of concern and is likely to pose a greater risk to the applicant if a firearm is introduced.”

A seemingly upset Bunting, who is also the opposition spokesman on national security, charged that the FLA’s response was “unfair and elitist and is going to demoralise the members of the police force”.

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“This is a police officer with a wrong address. This is a police officer that we are asking to face down criminals on a daily basis,” he said, adding that if the cop who was denied the personal gun permit did not receive a “keep-and-care firearm” from the State, he had to return to his home in a tough community without a weapon to defend himself.

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