Letters to the Editor

Up vetting for firearm licences

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is an agency that is responsible for the granting of firearm user licences or permits so that vetted individuals can own and carry a variety of firearms. And this essential agency has been under fire over the past months based on sundry reasons.

A thing that I have noticed over the years, however, is that a number of firearm holders are acting in ways that are unbecoming. This is cause for concern.

Based on their doings, some have lost their lives and some Have taken the lives of others in self-defence. I note, too, that some have been arrested because they acted out of guidelines or procedures.

Personally, I am not in a position to elaborate on the ways in which the FLA issues permits or licences to individuals, or the status and background of people who acquire firearms through the agency, but often there are different incidents involving licensed firearm holders that are startling.

As a former local police and foreign soldier I hold no grudge against a licensed firearm holder because I know the type of feeling that comes with owning or being in possession of a firearm. For some people, it comes as a form of security, while for others there are increases in ego.

Consequently, a number of measures must be in place to ensure that persons applying for gun licences will have to undergo a more intense level of vetting and scrutiny, which must include various types of training and firearm handling in order to prevent present and future inappropriate behaviours.

Charlie Brown


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