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.