Robert Montague, the national security minister, needs to speak with greater clarity about the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), as well as to order the agency’s chairman, Dennis Wright, to imbibe a heavy dose of transparency. And perhaps, under the circumstance, Mr Wright might consider whether he, the rest of his board, and the top staff are fit for their jobs.
As things now stand, that is decidedly questionable. In recent days, Mr Wright has sent up to 100 firearm licence files to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for its investigation. At the same time, the authority’s deputy chairman, Dennis Meadows, announced that he has “recused” himself from the board – which we interpret to mean that he is going on a kind of indefinite leave of absence while MOCA conducts its probe.