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Ireland. 2009 ‘Firearms and Explosives.’ DoJ Annual Report 2008, p. 17. Dublin: Department of Justice. 1 March

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A Consultative Panel to assist with the introduction of the firearms licensing regime provided for under the Criminal Justice Act 2006 was established in January 2008.

The Firearms (Restricted Firearms & Ammunition) Order 2008 came into effect on 1 May 2008. This Order sets out which firearms and ammunition are to be regarded as restricted in the new licensing regime.

The Order has been introduced fully on the supply side (firearms dealers) and some 80 firearms dealers have received an authorisation to trade in restricted firearms.

During 2008, 319 firearms dealers licences (including those with authorisations to trade in restricted firearms) and 1,593 applications for importation of firearms and ammunition were processed.

Following a review of the Firearms Law by the Department and An Garda Síochána, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform announced new legislative proposals in November 2008 which included no new licenses being issued for handguns, subject to limited exceptions in relation to Olympic sports.

Existing licenses will not be renewed unless applicants fully meet the requirements of a radically tightened licensing procedure where the safety of the community will be paramount.

A conference entitled Firearms Licensing: The Wider Dimensions took place in May 2008 in Mullingar. Over 100 delegates from shooting interest groups, Government Departments and An Garda Síochána attended. The event was the first of its kind.

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