This powerful legislation is a new development in tackling such crimes. Whilst public safety is to the fore of our Association’s objectives, we strongly disagree with this aspect of the report, as there is no evidence to show any link between legally held, sporting firearms and a risk to the safety of the general public.
We would urge hunters and members of the public to be vigilant over the coming weeks as poaching tends to increase in February. As a responsible hunting organisation, we welcome any attempt to end the criminal misuse of firearms.
The meeting takes place on We received the following Garda statement as part of the ongoing “Operation Bambi” targeting deer poaching.
Issue Date: 10/12/2014 Craig O’Neill, 4 Carrig Rua, Tullow Road, Carlow appeared in custody at Carlow District Court today 10th December 2014 where he faced 19 charges relating to various offences under the Wildlife Act 1976/2000 and associated matters under the Firearms Act.
The Minister has invited interested parties to make submissions on this Working Group Report.
This process gives individuals and groups an opportunity to contribute to the development of firearms policy and legislation and will enable the Minister to consider the future direction of such legislation.
The Minister concluded: "I have previously committed to consulting with all parties, including user-groups, before deciding on changes to firearms licensing.
Again this is incorrect and an offence as the requirements state “person (trained person/hunter) was present when the animal was shot”.Issue Date: 03/11/2014 In recent days Gardaí operated a number of checkpoints and surveillance operations investigating deer poaching in the Carlow, Wicklow and Kildare area.The operation is an extension of the highly successful “Operation Bambi” which has been extended and progressed for 2014 - 2015 with particular emphasis being placed upon the unlawful and illegal killing of wild deer.The Wild Deer Association of Ireland is a key stakeholder in the consultation process and we will seek the views of our members over the coming weeks before making a comprehensive submission.Minister Fitzgerald announces publication of report on firearms licensing Minister seeks submissions from public on proposed changes to licensing system Thursday 13 November, 2014 Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality, has today published the report of the Garda Síochána / Department of Justice and Equality Working Group established to conduct a review of firearms licensing.