Police Commissioner on Gun Board
Last week Cabinet announced the decision to establish a Gun Control Board that will oversee the issuance of gun licenses. A definitive timeline for its development is still uncertain, but if and when it does come to fruition it will strip the Police Commissioner of one of his powers. In an interview today, Police Commissioner did not condemn the idea, but did say that it is left to be seen how effective a board will be.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “I don’t know what the composition of the board is going to be. We’re yet to see what exactly it’s going to be like and then we’ll see how it goes from there. Well, I don’t know if it’s going to be better because the truth is Jamaica have a board and since the board came into place in Jamaica, many criminals end up with gun license. So it became worse in Jamaica. So I’m not going to say that the board is going to make it better. We’ll have to wait and see how that goes when the time comes.”
According to Cabinet, the Firearms and Ammunition Control Board will have the mandate to consider and process firearm applications; provide regulations and criteria for the approval of firearms licensing; and develop a plan for the digitization of a firearms and ammunition licensing system to replace the current manual system.