17 July 2014

 

A report from the Garda Commissioner on the annual review of the operation of the Firearms Acts 1925 to 2009 has today been laid before each House of the Oireachtas, as required by Section 31 of the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009.

This is the 4th such report and covers the year 2013.

The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D, said “I welcome the Report which sets out key information in relation to firearms licensing in this jurisdiction. I expect to shortly receive and consider the report of the joint Departmental/Garda Síochána Working Group on Firearms licensing. When I have considered that report I will decide what further action is necessary in relation to the firearms licensing system. This will include consultation with a wide variety of relevant stakeholders before any changes are finalised in relation to proposals for change to the firearms licensing system”.

Some of the key issues set out in the Report are as follows:-

 

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Note for Editors

Section 31 of the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 inserted a new Section 3E into the Firearms Act 1925. Section 3E provides:

"The Commissioner shall conduct an annual review of the operation of the Firearms Act 1925 to 2009 and shall submit a report to the Minister specifying the number and classes of certificates and authorisations issued under the Acts. The Minister shall lay a copy of such report before each house of the Oireachtas."

Garda Annual Review of the Operation of the Firearms Acts 1925 to 2009