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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
The FLA is one of the younger established government organisations in the country having been formed only 16 years ago. This was done after the Jamaican government mandated the bill a year prior.
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Yes, Jamaicans are permitted to own a rifle as long as they have the requisite licence obtained from the FLA.
Yes, gun licences are needed to legally own a gun in Jamaica.
The FLA is the Firearm Licensing Authority given the responsibility to provide approval for the issuance and renewal of firearm licences in Jamaica.
The Firearms Act of 1947 was not as comprehensive as the FLA currently is. Its primary objective was to control the manufacturing, sale, purchasing, importation, exportation possession and use of firearms and ammunition.
The new system for firearm licencing in Jamaica is more transparent and has less room for unscrupulous activities to take place.
5 Year Permits
1 Year Permits
30 Day Permits
You must be 18 years old to own a licensed firearm in Jamaica. However, a provisional permit can be applied for from the age of 17 while minors (11-16), with the help of a primary holder, can apply for a minor permit.
There are a few documents required for your application. You will need:
Copy of Licence and current licence fee certificate belonging to the primary holder
Authorization letter from parent/legal guardian (where applicable) & primary holder of the licence.
Letter of competence: This must be obtained from an approved FLA trainer. The letter should state the applicant's competence with handling the shotgun and compliance with safe use standards.
Gun ranges are open to the general public in most cases. Only adults, 18 years and older are allowed to go on their own. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 21 years old.
Both recommendations must come from the following persons. You must be known to both referees for at least 5 years.
Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force or Jamaica Defence Force must include a sealed letter from their commanding officer in their application.
All recommendations must be addressed to the Firearm Licencing Authority
For proof of income, you will be required to present original and photocopied payslips for the past 3 months (for fortnightly paid workers this would be 6 payslips).
For those who are self-employed, a valid Business Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC) and a valid Individual Tax Compliance Certificate (TCC) are required where the applicant is a business i.e. a Company, Sole Trader or Partnership. An official bank statement is also required.
No. All applications must be handed in by the applicant via registered mail.
No. Guns, knives or weapons of any kind are not allowed on the island.
Before this, persons living outside the island were not allowed to apply for permits. But now pensioners, returning residents and persons who work seasonally abroad are allowed to apply. The same documents are required.
It is important to note, that those living abroad must travel back to complete their renewal process in person each year. And, you must have a permanent residence in Jamaica.
Also, spending most of your time outside of the country might hurt your application.
No, the only two guns allowed in Jamaica are 9mm pistols and shotguns.
In the event that your firearm is lost or stolen, you should report it within 48 hours at the nearest police station. A signed and stamped copy of the report must also be submitted to the Firearm Licensing Authority. The report must give full details of the weapons and the circumstances under which it was lost or stolen.
Whenever you are travelling outside of the island, your firearm must be left at the nearest police station or at the Firearm Licencing Authority.
This must be done in person and failure to comply can result in penalties. There is a cost associated with leaving your firearm at the FLA. Handguns cost JMD 300 per month and rifles and shotguns cost JMD 500 per month.
I sure hope I covered most of the questions you had. However, if there are some that I missed, the FLA website has a wealth of information including fees and application forms. The FLA representatives are also quite informative.
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