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Firearms Licensing.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 14 December 2006

Thursday, 14 December 2006

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Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

140 Mr. O’Dowd asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform his response to a letter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43545/06]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice)

The licensing of firearms is solely a matter for the Garda Síochána under the Firearms Act, 1925 as amended and I may not interfere in any way. Officials of my Department have regular meetings with the Chairman and Director of the NARGC on matters relating to firearms and I am informed by the Gardaí that they also meet regularly with the NARGC. I have also been informed that the recommendations in the Barr report relating to firearms have been the subject of recent discussions between the Gardaí and the NARGC.

I am aware of a number of cases which are currently before that courts where members of the public have sought judicial reviews of decisions of Superintendents on the grant of firearms certificates and authorisations under the Firearms Acts. These are matters which will be dealt with in due course by the Courts.

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