Tuesday, 3 February 2004

Ceisteanna (325)

John Dennehy

Ceist:

454 Mr. Dennehy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his views on the possibility that criminal elements may be able to purchase deactivated firearms sold legally through trade journals in the UK which can be relatively easily reconfigured to be used again; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3035/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

In accordance with the Firearms Acts 1925 to 2000 a firearm, including a deactivated firearm, may not be imported into the State without an importation licence granted by my Department. In addition, a person may not be in possession of a deactivated firearm without an authorisation granted under the Firearms Acts. Any person who contravenes these provisions is guilty of an offence and is liable to the penalties provided under the legislation.