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Firearms Act to be amended to address illegal dealing, possession

Jamaica Observer / KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government will be amending the Firearms Act to discourage the possession of and/or dealing in illegal firearms and ammunition. This was disclosed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, while making his contribution to the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday. He said there will be a number of new offences, such as trafficking, dealing and distributing, which will better define the various illicit activities within the illegal firearm trade. “It is wholly unacceptable that so many lives are being lost to persons with illegal firearms, and this administration resolves to treat with this problem with the seriousness it deserves,” he said. The amendments will also streamline the regulation of the legal arms trade and the functions and activities of the Firearm Licensing Authority. “In this regard, I must emphasise that the ownership of a private firearm is not a right and, therefore, a clear need must be demonstrated and fit and proper standards and detailed due diligence must be applied to the granting of licences,” the prime minister said.

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