The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) was established in 2005 by an Act of Parliament as a statutory organization within the Ministry of National Security.
The Authority will streamline and standardize the granting, renewal and revocation of firearm licences and all the attendant processes thereof. This will serve to modernize and regulate the licensing of firearms in Jamaica in keeping with worldwide standards. The Firearm Licensing Authority will also act as a centralized administrative body and database repository.
The new systems implemented by the FLA will improve the services offered to firearm holders and the public. Some important functions will be:
To implement a transparent and accountable system for the issue of Firearm Licenses.
To ensure proper and standardized Training Certification in the Safe Use and Care of firearms.
To develop and maintain a modern computerized Ballistic Identification Database
Finally the Police Force and its specialized divisions will still have vital and important investigative, monitoring and enforcement roles.
FIREARM SAFETY TIPS
Treat every firearm as being loaded >
Treat every firearm as being loaded. If it has not been continually in your possession, there is a chance that it may be loaded. If you have not personally checked it, assume that it is loaded.
Always check that the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction >
Always check that the muzzle is pointing in a safe direction. Do not point a loaded or unloaded firearm at anybody, or at anything you do not wish to shoot.
This is one of the most important safety precautions and should be faithfully followed until it becomes a habit.
Unless in storage, never leave firearms unattended >
Unless in storage, never leave firearms unattended. Never leave a firearm lying about the house.
Keep out of reach of Children >
Make sure your firearms and ammunition are always kept out of the reach of children. Children are inquisitive and could match ammunition with a firearm and accidentally discharge it creating grave danger to themselves and others.
Avoid Horseplay >
Never "skylark" or engage in "horseplay" when you have a firearm in your hands. This is irresponsible behaviour and can result in a serious accident.
Never mix alcohol or drugs with firearms use >
Never mix alcohol or drugs with firearms use. Alcohol dulls and slows mental and physical faculties. Alertness is essential to proper and safe firearms use