The statutory body responsibly for the licensing and regulating of the use of firearms in Jamaica, the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), is standing firm on the policy that no licensed firearm holders should be participating in any gun salutes this festive season.
The authority states that participation in gun salutes is an offense under the Firearms Act. Firearm licence holders are not to participate in gun salutes on any occasion, whether it be Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve parties, funerals or otherwise.
The Authority is reminding all licensed firearm holders that a firearm is a deadly weapon and should only be used in the protection of life and property. Further to that a licensed firearm holder should never discharge their weapon unless under imminent threat or outside of intending to protect one’s life and property. Failure to adhere to this will result in the firearm being seized by the police, prosecution and immediate revocation of the firearm license in accordance with the law.
The FLA views licensed firearm holders as law abiding and responsible citizens, therefore we implore them to act accordingly in the safe use and handling of their firearm at all times. The authority also encourages members of the public to provide the FLA with any information regarding concerns or breaches observed in relation to licensed firearm holders by calling or messaging the FLA’s 24 HOUR compliance hotline 1-876-868-0349, emailing email@example.com, reporting the matter to the nearest police station or calling 119.