Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (256)

John Deasy

Question:

256. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of handguns licensed in the State; and the number of handgun licences issued by Garda district and Garda division in each of the past three years. [39394/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The data requested by the Deputy refers is not maintained by the Department of Justice and Equality. I have asked the Garda Commissioner for the information requested and I will write directly to the Deputy when I receive it.

The following deferred reply was received under Standing Order 42A
I refer to Parliamentary Question No. 256 for answer on 1 October 2019 relating to the number of handguns licensed in the State; and the number of handgun licences issued by Garda district and Garda division in each of the past three years.
The Deputy will recall that the information could not be obtained in the time available and I undertook to consult with An Garda Síochána and contact him again when the information was available.
A report has now been received from the Garda authorities on the matter. Since 2009, firearm certificates are granted and issued for a period of three years from the date of grant, unless otherwise revoked. The Garda authorities have, therefore, advised that yearly figures of granted firearm certificates no longer reflect the number of firearm certificates in existence in the State. It should also be noted that the vast majority of firearm certificates for handguns currently on issue in the State are renewed certificates for handguns as opposed to new certificates that have been granted over the past number of years.
An Garda Síochána advise that the table attached represents the total number of firearm certificates for short firearms i.e. pistols and revolvers, on issue in the state by Garda Division, as of 27th September, 2019. The overall total of 2,116 includes firearm certificates for handguns that relate to both restricted (higher-calibre handguns granted by Chief Superintendent rank) and non-restricted handguns (granted by Superintendent rank) and the numbers do not include firearm applications or renewals for handguns that have not yet been fully processed.

DIVISION

FIREARM

APPLICATION

CERTIFICATES

Cavan/Monaghan

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

48

Restricted Certificate

26

Total

74

Clare

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

22

Restricted Certificate

9

Total

31

Cork City

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

30

Restricted Certificate

34

Total

64

Cork North

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

55

Restricted Certificate

11

Total

66

Cork West

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

26

Restricted Certificate

6

Total

32

D.M.R. Eastern

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

63

Restricted Certificate

26

Total

89

D.M.R. North Central

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

11

Restricted Certificate

2

Total

13

D.M.R. Northern

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

143

Restricted Certificate

37

Total

180

D.M.R. South Central

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

24

Restricted Certificate

5

Total

29

D.M.R. Southern

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

90

Restricted Certificate

23

Total

113

D.M.R. Western

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

107

Restricted Certificate

23

Total

130

Donegal

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

68

Restricted Certificate

41

Total

109

Galway Div

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

30

Restricted Certificate

17

Total

47

Kerry

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

50

Restricted Certificate

19

Total

69

Kildare Div

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

165

Restricted Certificate

31

Total

196

Kilkenny/Carlow

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

81

Restricted Certificate

15

Total

96

Laois/Offaly

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

64

Restricted Certificate

20

Total

84

Limerick

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

56

Restricted Certificate

17

Total

73

Louth Div

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

51

Restricted Certificate

34

Total

85

Mayo

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

14

Restricted Certificate

4

Total

18

Meath

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

48

Restricted Certificate

4

Total

52

Roscommon/Longford Div

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

20

Restricted Certificate

8

Total

28

Sligo/Leitrim

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

16

Restricted Certificate

4

Total

20

Tipperary

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

41

Restricted Certificate

9

Total

50

Waterford Div

Firearm Certificate

29

Restricted Certificate

3

Total

32

Westmeath Div

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

28

Restricted Certificate

15

Total

43

Wexford Div

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

99

Restricted Certificate

40

Total

139

Wicklow Div

Handgun

Firearm Certificate

130

Restricted Certificate

24

Total

154

Overall Total

2116

The number of handguns licensed continues to be monitored by my Department.
I trust that this information is of assistance .