Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Sarma, Kiran. 2008 ‘Responding to Firearms Assisted Suicide in Ireland.’ Irish Journal of Psychology; 26 (3-4), p. 244. Dublin: 1 January
The Gardaí have consistently refused to grant applications for handguns. This policy is one that is without legislative grounds as existing legislation does not differentiate between types of firearms and does not list those restricted, prohibited or allowed. In July 2004, however, Mr. Frank Brophy appealed to the High Court the Gardaí's decision to refuse a certificate for a Toz-35 pistol, widely used in sport shooting and closely associated with the Olympic Games. The case was unopposed by the State.
The High Court quashed the earlier refusal and Mr. Brophy was subsequently issued with a certificate for the gun. This piece of jurisprudence means that the Gardaí can no longer refuse carte blanch certificate applications based on a policy decision, and in the absence of legislative backing, and marked the return of the pistol to the Irish shooting scene.