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Young Jamaica, the Youth Arm of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has called for the resignation of Senator Peter Bunting.

In a release on Tuesday the group said they are shocked by recent revelations as reported by major media organisations pertaining to the governance practices and actions of the 2013 and 2015 Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) under former Minister of the National Security Peter Bunting.

Young Jamaica said it was found that the FLA, granted gun permits to persons of criminal antecedents, one of which is the person now in police custody being charged with the smuggling of over a dozen firearms into Jamaica.

Following the arrest of the suspect, the police reported that two licensed firearms were taken from the man.

“This is not the first instance of perceived impropriety at the FLA during the stewardship of Mr Bunting as Security Minister as an Integrity Commission Report also made damning revelations earlier this year”, the organization said. Adding that the Opposition Senator clearly has lost all moral authority to speak on national security matters.

The release added that, while Young Jamaica is not accusing Senator Bunting of bestowing grants for the acquisition of firearms to an accused gun smuggler personally, it was under his leadership and through a board he appointed that these acts took place.

We are disappointed by the continued silence from the legislator and security spokesperson. In light of his clear lack of judgement, we call for Peter Bunting to resign as Opposition Spokesperson until a fair and just investigation is undertaken by the relevant authority, the organization said.


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