Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Ceisteanna (146)

Joe McHugh


146. Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her views on a centralised model of licensing for firearms with a dedicated localised vetting mechanism remaining with the Garda; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [21614/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

In light of public safety concerns highlighted by An Garda Síochána and difficulties in the interpretation of the legislation expressed by members of the judiciary, my Department is currently examining key policy, legislative, administrative and other issues relating to firearms licensing in conjunction with An Garda Síochána. I expect to receive and consider a report in relation to these matters within 2 months. When I have considered that report I will consider what further action is necessary in relation to the firearms licensing system, including in relation to the proposals for a centralised model of firearms licensing.