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Ireland. 2009 ‘Dermot Ahern Announces Introduction of Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009.’ Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform web page. Dublin: Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. 24 July

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Mr. Dermot Ahern, T.D., Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, has announced the signing into law of the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009…

The Act introduces the most far-reaching gun control measures since the foundation of the state including:

- A ban on handguns.
- A ban on 'practical shooting' (a self styled extreme shooting activity).
- Ministerial powers to prohibit particular firearms or categories of firearms in a precise manner.
- A requirement for referees, background medical checks and standards for the safe keeping of guns in the home for all firearms licence applicants;
- Radically tightened licensing procedures for the renewal of currently licensed guns;
- New regulations governing target shooting Clubs and Ranges.
- Those involved in target shooting (rifle and pistol) will be subject to a more rigorous authorisation procedure by the Garda Commissioner;
- A new three year licence with outsourced fee collection and licence production resulting in greater efficiency and improved customer service at garda station level;
- New guidelines on licensing matters, published by the Garda Commissioner, which will be available to the public…

To deal with the issue of 'realistic imitation firearms', the Act introduces a range of measures including restrictions on their import, sale and use. Three of these measures will be introduced:

- it will be an offence to brandish a realistic imitation firearm in public;
- Garda Superintendents will have the power to authorise 'airsoft' venues; and
- the establishment of a register of dealers…

The full text of the Act is available on the Oireachtas website

ID: Q877

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