R.I.S.E. Campaign moves to Support Sports Coalition!

RISE

 

 

The highly successful and active RISE Campaign has been activated to organise around the campaign on firearms which is spearheaded by the Sports Coalition. RISE is a campaigning arm of FACE Ireland (the Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU).

The activation was authorised at a recent meeting of FACE Ireland at the request of Des Crofton who is National Director of NARGC and also a Director of FACE Ireland. This development brings additional serious support and large numbers behind the Sports Coalition as it includes hunting and fishing interests. RISE has the benefit of a young, educated and dynamic team which will begin organising rallies for the Sports Coalition around the country, taking the campaign into the political constituencies. Sports Coalition spokesperson Des Crofton said:

“I am delighted with this development. Our cause is just and our rural partners have been quick to recognise this. These proposals are simply not justified at any level. The proposers have been unable, or unwilling, to present a scintilla of sustainable evidence which would support their arguments. We have demanded a professional, independent risk assessment and this has inexplicably been refused. They wish to ban our sport and seize our property without having to justify their arguments. We have no intention of allowing that to happen.”

 
The R.I.S.E. Campaign

 

Watch the Sports Coalition website www.sportscoalition.org for updates on the RISE rallies.

Justice Committee Meeting, 21st January 2015

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality.

The Sports Coalition, represented by Des Crofton, together with other shooting representatives, Nick Flood, Kaz Balinsky, Damian Hannigan, Declan Keogh, Mick Tope, Mark Dennehy, Philip Slattery, Jeff McCann, Brian Conroy and Kealan Symes, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on 21st January to give evidence to the Committee in relation to the Report and Recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Firearms licensing.

The representatives diligently and clearly set out the true position in relation to sports shooting in all its forms.  They clarified and corrected all of the misleading and false information laid before the Committee by the Joint Working Group on 17th December.  Des Crofton told the Committee that the statistical data quoted by the Gardai and Department of Justice to justify and support the Report and Recommendations is false, selective, self-serving and biased. He explained in great detail how that is so. The Committee put many questions to the shooting representatives, all of which were answered in full and with great clarity.

It was clear that the Committee members learned much from our presentations and it is noteworthy that not only had the Gardai failed to provide answers to statistical data enquiries made in the Dail which are relevant to the arguments for and against the current proposals, but even the Committee Chairman volunteered that he too had sought this information through Dail questions and hadn’t received it. To view the debate and questions and answers click on the links below:

Justice Committee 21st January 2015 – Session 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F63lUaKnGOc

 

Justice Committee 21st January 2015 – Session 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0woLszM4ts

 

It is clear that we very successfully countered much of what the Joint Working Group had previously told the Committee. There is little doubt that we managed to change the course of the game in that the risk data will have to be produced for the recommendations to succeed. We are not at all concerned about this and in fact we look forward to having an opportunity of doing a proper analysis.

In the meantime, our campaign continues and we continue to urge every shooting enthusiast and supporter to sign the petition online:

Petition to the Minister for Justice:

We, the undersigned being 18 years and over, support the Sports Coalition in its opposition to the proposals contained in the Report of the Working Group on Review of Firearms Licencing dated November 2014 and call on the Minister for Justice and Equality to set the report aside and enter into meaningful consultation with the representatives of the Sports Coalition.

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Ask friends and family to support us!

   

Or Download Petition forms, available here and submit the signatures to the NARGC Office at Ferbane Business and Technology Park, Ballycumber Road, Ferbane, Co Offaly.

We appeal to everyone to keep up the pressure, maintain contact with your public representatives and tell them that these proposals have no credibility and must be dropped.

 

Best regards,

Des Crofton

Minister Escalates campaign against Sports Shooters

Hi All,

As many of you will have heard yesterday, the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice will hear evidence from the stakeholders on Wednesday, January 21st.  They have also requested a visit to Harbour House Range on 12th February and this is now confirmed.

However, the campaign of lies continues!  Please see the clip on the link below from yesterday in the Dail between Niall Collins and the Minister for Justice.  We want to know who is responsible for this campaign of misinformation and downright lies?  What the Minister said is absolutely false and we need to rebut her statements vigorously.  No judge has expressed a difficulty in interpreting the legislation and we need to debunk that assertion.  We challenge the Minister to identify by name the judges whom she asserts have expressed such difficulty and the words they used in doing that.  We strongly assert that no Judge has expressed such difficulty.

In addition, Judges have not refused 1,363 licences.  This is an outrageous falsehood!  The Minister, having made this statement on the floor of the Dail, must substantiate the allegation and we challenge her to do so.  She says the Gardai using PULSE are unable to say how many licenses were appealed to the courts and how many were granted and in the next breath she comes out with this figure! The Gardai know full well the statistics which are available.  For example, the Garda Commissioner was able to confirm by letter to the PAC on 14th September 2014 that 268 firearms licenses were revoked during the period under review.  They can give statistics for firearms stolen and in a form which suits their agenda, but cannot give a breakdown.  This is simply not credible.  They must know for example, how many guns and by which category were reported stolen by license holders.  To get an accurate and correct figure, they must read the notes on PULSE for every firearm recorded as stolen because it is common knowledge that any component part of a firearm which may be lost by a licence holder e.g. a shotgun fore-end, a bolt from a rifle, a sight etc., is recorded on PULSE as a stolen firearm even though the firearm to which the part was attached is not stolen and no theft of any nature is involved.

http://youtu.be/GHFNZRXN31E

In view of these escalating developments, I am now announcing that the RISE Campaign has been authorised to activate behind our cause and it will now start coordinating meetings nationally.  Please visit the Sports Coalition website regularly for updates on regional meetings and developments.  We are calling on all clubs and individual members to again visit their public representatives and acquaint them with the above facts.  The Minister has stressed that no decisions have been taken and that we are (incorrectly) anticipating decisions.  But this flies in the face of what has already happened, what is happening with current license applications and I invite all to listen to her own language in the clip on the link.  The proposals “will only affect 6% of all firearms”.  Also “94% will be unaffected”.  Their mindset is clear.

Please keep signing the petitions – we NEED to reach our target of 200,000 before the end of February.

Petition to the Minister for Justice:

We, the undersigned being 18 years and over, support the Sports Coalition in its opposition to the proposals contained in the Report of the Working Group on Review of Firearms Licencing dated November 2014 and call on the Minister for Justice and Equality to set the report aside and enter into meaningful consultation with the representatives of the Sports Coalition.

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Sports Coalition Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality

All,

please find attached copy of the Sports Coalition Submission to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality, submitted on Jan 7th, 2015

 

Kildare Radio Interview 5/1/2015

Kildare Radio Interview 5/1/2015
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listen to Shane Beatty of  Kildare Radio interview Des Crofton on the Firearms Legislation debate.  First Broadcast on Monday, 5th January 2015.

      Interview with Des Crofton

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