Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Importation of Imitation Firearms.

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asked the Minister for Industry and Commerce if he proposes to make any regulation regarding the importation of imitation firearms.

I do not propose to make any regulation relating to the importation of imitation firearms. Apart from the fact that I have no power under existing legislation to make such a regulation, I am afraid that restrictions on imports would merely stimulate home manufacture of these articles.

Perhaps I could repeat this question to the Minister for Justice because these imitation firearms are so realistic that some control regarding importation would be necessary.

The Minister for Industry and Commerce could not answer for the Minister for Justice.

I was just asking that, if he could not do it, could somebody else?