Encouraging News

By on December 19, 2008

Quoting from the Minister for Justice’s response to a question from Deputy Bernard Durkan in parliamentary questions recently:

“While a de facto ban on new handgun licences is already in place, my proposals will be given legislative form in the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, which I will publish early in the New Year. That Bill will also tackle comprehensively the issue of airsoft guns, including making their possession in public a serious offence. It will also contain measures which the Garda Commissioner has suggested to me in relation to tightening up the law on possession of knives.”

With recent talk of outright bans on Airsoft equipment and devices, the IAA welcomes the Minister’s encouraging comments. We have been working hard in conjunction with the Department of Justice for many months now to form a set of proposals, and the minister’s comments would seem to indicate that these exact proposals are being taken onboard in the drafting of the Miscellaneous Provisions Bill.

The IAA wishes to thank its members and affiliates for their patience and support in recent times, and we are hoping to have good news of a more concrete nature very soon.

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