Irish Shooting Politics

February 18, 2011

Fis Nua policy on firearms

Filed under: Politics — Mark Dennehy @ 11:14 am

Sent by email:

As an Olympic target shooter registered to vote in your  constituency, I’d like to ask for details on your policies and plans with regards to the Firearms Act, the handgun ban and private firearms ownership in Ireland.

Some specific questions on those policies include:

  • Have you plans to increase the current level of regulation or to roll back the current level in order to harmonise our regulations with other EU states?
  • Would you be willing to remove centerfire target pistols from the Restricted Firearms list, thus allowing them to be licenced again?
  • Would you be willing to deregulate target shooting airguns up to 7.5 Joules of muzzle energy as opposed to the current 1 Joule permitted under the Act in order to promote Olympic target shooting in Ireland?
  • Would you address the issues raised by medical associations regarding the application for a firearms licence and its implicit – but deemed insufficient by the GPs – granting of permission to Gardai to access medical records?
  • Would you be willing to widen the remit of the Firearms Consultation Panel, to make it a permanent body to facilitate access to technical expertise for the Department and to strengthen communications links between the target shooting sports governing bodies and the Department and the Gardai to ensure the smooth working of the Firearms Act?
  • What would you intend to do at a strategic level to alleviate the current problems with licencing which have resulted in nearly 200 cases being taken against Garda Superintendents in the District Courts at great expense to all?
  • Would you support a restatement of the Firearms Acts in order to address the deep complexity of the law at the present time (with 8 Firearms Acts, several Wildlife and Road Traffic Acts, more then 30 Statutory Instruments and 2 EU directives and their updates all having to be read in conjunction with one another to determine the current laws relating to firearms in Ireland?

I would also like to invite you to engage with the target shooting and hunting community on to discuss these matters. With some 200,000 licenced firearms owners in the state, I think such engagement would be appropriate during the election campaign.


Received in reply:

Thank you for your email and interest in the policies of Fís Nua.

As you can appreciate, our party candidates (having overcome the restrictions imposed upon us in entering this election) are concentrating on the main economic and political reforms that are essential to be implemented in order to secure a future for this nation.

While matters such as yours require proper attention and debate, part of Fís Nua’s political reform is to implement community councils at which such policy can be discussed by all concerned, subsequently then directing councils and politicans on how to vote on the matter, without having to wait every election to have your voice heard.

We trust that you will continue to support us in implementing these necessary reforms in order for us to create a proper democratic society and to assist us to this end by getting our message of reform out there.

Thank you for your time in bringing this matter to our attention.



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