Citation(s) from the Gun Policy News media archive
Court Challenge to Garda Gun Directive
4 August 2000
[In August 2000] Mr Justice Kearns [of the High Court] heard… that many of the State's 200,000 legally-held guns were stored in wardrobes, car boots, outhouses and even under beds. He was told some had ended up in the hands of criminals and had been used in armed robberies.
Chief Supt Dermot Jennings told the court that 247 legally held firearms had been reported stolen last year and in the first three months of  53 such weapons had been stolen. A shotgun stolen in Swords, Co Dublin, had been used in a shooting in Henry Street, Dublin, and the owner was unaware that the gun had been taken until contacted by gardaí.