Story Highlights The members of the Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) have submitted their resignations to National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague. Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday (Aug. 2), Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, informed that the board, in its letter, said the members are stepping down to protect their integrity and that of the institution. The FLA was established in 2006 to take over responsibility for the granting and renewing of firearm licences from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The members of the Board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) have submitted their resignations to National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague.This follows debriefing sessions by Prime Minister the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness and Minister Montague with FLA Chairman, Dennis Wright, regarding irregularities surrounding the issuance of firearm licences to people deemed unfit.Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday (Aug. 2), Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, informed that the board, in its letter, said the members are stepping down to protect their integrity and that of the institution.“In addition, the members felt that the current debate is distracting from the Government’s commendable crime-fighting strategies, noting that a reduction in crime and violence will be of great benefit to all Jamaicans,” he said.He noted that Minister Montague thanked the board for their service to Jamaica.Meanwhile, Senator Reid announced that the FLA will not be issuing any approvals for gun licences or permits for the next seven working days.He said that over the same period (seven working days), the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), FLA, Shane Dalling, will provide the Minister with an update on the progress of the Assessment Report on the Firearm Licensing Authority 2017 (Allen Report), and the status of the implementation of the recommendations.In addition, the CEO and the FLA staff must give full support to the Justice Seymour Panton Review Panel to ensure full transparency and the integrity of the FLA. He added that Cabinet will also be briefed on the developments.Also, Minister Montague is apologising to the public at large, especially the bird and sport shooters for any inconveniences they may experience during this transition period at the FLA.The FLA was established in 2006 to take over responsibility for the granting and renewing of firearm licences from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
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TORONTO – Ontario’s attorney general says the government is reviewing a call from Toronto’s mayor for a public inquiry into the police handling of missing persons cases, including six men allegedly murdered by accused serial killer Bruce McArthur.Yasir Naqvi says the government will maintain an open dialogue with the city on next steps following the conclusion of any criminal proceedings.Questions about the handling of two previous police investigations into five missing men arose as detectives investigated McArthur, a 66-year-old landscaper who is facing six charges of first-degree murder. All the alleged victims had ties to the city’s LGBTQ community.Mayor John Tory said Wednesday that he was “deeply disturbed” after learning that “concerning” information uncovered during the McArthur investigation had prompted an internal police probe.Tory said he would also support an independent external review of the Toronto Police Service’s practices with respect to missing person’s investigations.He said that probe should look at any systemic concerns, including examination of any bias contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code against any group, including the LGBTQ community.“We recognize that there are many unanswered questions,” Naqvi said Thursday in a statement.Police spokeswoman Meaghan Gray said Wednesday that the force’s professional standards unit launched the internal investigation on Monday, but she also declined to discuss the nature of the information that prompted the probe.Two sources with knowledge of the case, but who did not want their names used because they were not authorized to speak publicly, told The Canadian Press that the “concerning” information was linked to a police interview with McArthur years ago for an unrelated incident.Members of the city’s LGBTQ community have complained for years that police were ignoring their concerns about a possible serial killer on the loose. Late last year, Toronto police assured the community that there was no known link between the different missing person cases.