The US Embassy in Kingston said in a release Thursday that the suspension is in effect while it “reviews the firearm export licensing approval process in light of recent events concerning Jamaica’s Firearms Licensing Authority (FLA)”.
“During this review, there will be a temporary pause on firearm exports as we request further guidance from Washington on the long-term status of export licenses for firearms from the United States destined for Jamaica,” the release said.
The review follows a report that a file on Powell had gone missing from the FLA office, among other things.
The issue came to light after Powell was freed in October of the July 2011 shooting death of Kingston College student Khajeel Mais, in Havendale St Andrew.
Powell is to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday, November 18 on allegations that he failed to turn over his licensed firearm to police probing Mais’ shooting.