St. Patrick’s Day is Nearly Here! Are Irish Gun Laws Nearly Here, Too?

avatar 013Soon everyone will be wearing green as they celebrate St. Patty’s day.  There will be green food, green beer, and green shamrocks for all.  What about Irish gun laws for all?

How about firearms certificates?

According to GunPolicy.org: It is illegal for any civilian to use, carry or possess a firearm or ammunition without a valid firearm certificate which correctly specifies the owner, the weapon, the ammunition and its maximum permitted quantity.

Applicants must prove ‘good reason’ for ownership of the firearm applied for, and the Garda must be satisfied that the applicant can be permitted to possess, use and carry the firearms ‘without danger to the public safety or security or the peace.’

If the ‘good reason’ for firearm possession is target shooting, the owner must belong to a police-approved rifle or pistol club.

Gardaí could refuse a licence if denied access to the applicant’s dwelling or premises to inspect firearm storage.

There, of course, is a background check.   An applicant must provide proof of identification and age, proof of competence with the firearm concerned, and proof of secure storage for weapons and ammunition while not in use.

Potential gun owners  must, when making an application for a firearm certificate, give written permission for the police to consult a doctor, psychiatrist or psychologist to confirm the applicant’s good physical and mental health, and must nominate two additional referees to attest to the applicant’s character.

Firearm certificates should not be issued to an applicant who: is known to be of ‘intemperate habits’ or of ‘unsound mind’.  Irish legislation [offers] no legal definition of ‘unsound mind’ applicable to the firearm certification process.  The firearm certificate application form introduced in 2009 requires the applicant to make a declaration on any medical condition, physical or mental, that may affect his or her ability to possess, carry or use firearms safely.

What about gun bans?  In the Restricted Firearms and Ammunition Order 2008 military-style semi-automatic firearms and semi-automatic firearms which resemble automatic firearms are considered restricted.

Shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than three cartridges, long guns over .308 (7.62mm) caliber, rimfire rifles holding more than 10 rounds, all handguns other than air-operated firearms of 4.5mm (.177) calibre and those using .22 rimfire percussion ammunition and designed for use in connection with competitions governed by International Olympic Committee regulations were also declared restricted.

What about the government of Ireland?  Do they have any firearms?  Approximately 8,500 men and women serve in the Irish Army, supported by 12,000 reserve personnel.  The Irish Defence Force armouries are estimated to hold between 42,984 and 71,640 small arms and light weapons, or 4 to 7 weapons for each member on active service A published estimate of 14,390 firearms held in Garda armouries [is] the number of guns available to police.

Scary, huh?

I don’t think either Feinstein,  Schumer, or Obama are Irish names, but they might be.

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