Nov 24th 2022
As no doubt many of you have heard the firearms of Ireland world is about to be stirred again in the proposed White paper bill of the Criminal justice miscellaneous provisions part 2 2020.
This is again a stew pot of Irish criminal legislation that has had some firearms provisions thrown into its ingredients. Stuff like markings of firearms and the penalties for erasing those, the Gardaí not being arrested for participating in “combat training”, storage of black powder etc.
The one that concerns the most is the revocation of according to the Minister or ministers, as it seems to be both Helen McEntee [FG], Minister for justice and James Brown [FF] Minister for State seconded to the Dept. of justice who are pushing this part.
According to the Dept. of Justices own figures supplied to Firearms United Network Ireland[FUNI] the grave threat is caused by in total since 2015 Thirty Eight! licensed firearms and a total of both licensed and “unlicensed“ (We presume this is dealer stock?) of 51 semi auto rifles. So we are talking about 89 rifles in total, and 38 licenses by the Depts. own figures?
According to the Firearms Expert Committee [FEC] minutes of October 2022. Both the Dept. of Justice and An Garda Siochana members of FEC could see no viable reason to grandfather these 38 issued licenses. They were no doubt licensed with the same good reasons as those rifles Pre 2015, either target shooting disciplines and/or hunting. But now these are somehow not good reasons any more and justifies revocation and causing hardship for these 38 owners. Especially for those who have purchased some models in value over 2000 euros from mainland EU.
Firearms United Network Ireland calls on the Minister for Justice, whether it is McEntree, Brown or Humphries as acting minister to meet with representatives of FUNI to discuss and hammer out an agreement on grandfathering these remaining 38 licenses or giving these owners an alternative to keep these firearms.
FUNI contacted the minister for Justice office through our local TD and have had no response so far as of this date 24/11/2022 as to a meeting.
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