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Rifle Association cancels special vote for president

The Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) cancelled a scheduled special vote to elect a new president on Thursday evening.

Rohan Wilson will remain interim president of the association until the June 28 annual general meeting.

Wilson is the sole candidate vying for the vacant presidential post after another member, Ryan Bramwell, withdrew his candidacy.

Reports reaching Radio Jamaica News are that the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) on Thursday closed off all vaults, storing weapons and ammunition at the JRA.

A spokesperson refused to comment on the development.

JRA said it is in dialogue with the FLA to decide on the best way forward after the shooting range was also closed.

The organisation has been thrust into the spotlight after an attempted sale of a firearm, belonging to a Canadian sport shooter, that was only allowed in the island for competition.

It's understood that a member of the JRA became interested in the weapon and sought to purchase it.

The firearm was left at the storage facility of the JRA.

It's reported that the JRA sought information from the FLA on how a sale could be completed.

But the FLA seized the weapon as it was to have left the island with its owner.

The authority would have to issue what is called a 'disposal permit' for such a sale to take place and arrangements would have had to be made beforehand.

In the wake of the development, the FLA revoked the dealer’s licence of JRA ex-president Major John Nelson.

Major Nelson resigned Wednesday as a result of the controversy.