Spokespersons Update

This website was established to disseminate information to the members of the constituent associations concerning the latest proposals of the Gardai and the Department of Justice and Equality to further restrict possession of firearms for sporting purposes without justification. A large campaign has been launched to fight these very unjust proposals and the website will be the focal point for all our supporters. It is a “one-stop-shop” for information, updates, commentary and direction to member associations, clubs, individuals, supporters and politicians and will assist everyone in helping to oppose these most unreasonable proposals. The site will be updated regularly and I will post the latest information as it arises.

Please use the website as a tool to assist you in briefing and lobbying your constituency politicians and other public representatives. The proposals in the joint Garda/Department of Justice & Equality report are biased, self-serving, inaccurate and vindictive. They are justified by arguments which have no basis in fact and are supported with statistics which are purposely manipulated to present a picture which is false. We hope with your help, to educate those who will eventually be called upon to make the final decisions. Please follow the news and get as many people as possible to sign the petition. Add your comments on the site.

We can and will demonstrate to the political establishment that we are unbeatable together and that unless this issue is finally resolved satisfactorily, there will be electoral consequences for the Government parties.

Des Crofton

National Director, NARGC & Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition.
22/11/2014

Minutes from FCP & Directive Updates – 28th January 2016

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Des | 0 comments

Update on the FCPP meetings and the European “Weapons Directive” from Des Crofton.

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Reminder: Public consultation on firearms Directive

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Des, News | 0 comments

Please note the email below from the FACE Secretariat.  As the official reaction from Member States is becoming increasingly more divided and key allies in the Parliament are now coming forward with amendments suggested by FACE which will be more reasonable for firearms owners, the time is now ripe for shooting people to start contacting their MEP’s and briefing them.  The attached position paper developed by the FACE Europe Expert Group on Firearms is the most succinct and comprehensive briefing document available.  Please pass it to your MEP/s and ask them to support the FACE amendments if and when the Directive comes before the European Parliament for vote.  The bottom line is that the existing Directive is a legal instrument to facilitate free movement of citizens between member states with their sporting firearms and is not, and never was, an instrument to fight terrorism, which is what is now being proposed by the Commission and in the process getting ordinary law abiding citizens caught up in the fight against terrorism.  Whereas much of what is being proposed will affect legal gun owners in many member states (not so much in Ireland because our system of firearms licensing is in effect already incorporating many of the proposed measures), it will not result in making any firearm less available to terrorists which are the target of the Commission’s proposals.  In simple terms, no terrorist will ever read the Directive and feel compelled to respect it. But the revisions proposed by the Commission will establish some dangerous precedents, even for Irish gun ownership (e.g. the minimum age) and it must be resisted. So, please use the attached position paper and start contacting your MEP’s and TD’s and Senators.  It is important that TD’s and Senators, all of whom will be offering themselves for election very shortly, should be lobbied to persuade the Minister for Justice to adopt an Irish Government position more in line with the FACE position.  Again, I urge people to be friendly but firm and remember, absolutely no abuse or aggressive lobbying please.  I am already discussing the position with the DOJ. FACE Position with AM on Firearms Directive Thank you all in advance. Des Crofton National Director – NARGC & Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition   From: Johan SVALBY [mailto:johan.svalby@face.eu] Sent: 20 January 2016 13:26To: Johan SVALBY <johan.svalby@face.eu> Subject: Reminder: Public consultation on firearms Directive / Consultation publique sur l’ouverture de la Directive sur les armes à feu / Rückmeldung abschicken -Vorschlag für eine Richtlinie zur Änderung der Richtlinie 91/477/EWG Importance: High   Dear Members (français ci-dessous / Den deutschen Text finden Sie untenstehend), Reminder: the European Commission is carrying out a public consultation on its proposal regarding the opening of the Firearms Directive on the following link:   https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/?fuseaction=feedback&docId=3085376&language=en We invite you to participate responding to the questions with the FACE position (attached). We furthermore invite you to give it the widest circulation within your membership. Please be reminded that you can reply in your national language. The deadline for replying is 1 February 2016. Kind regards, Chers Membres, La Commission européenne a décidé de réaliser une consultation publique sur sa proposition relative à l’ouverture de la Directive sur les armes à feu sur le lien suivant: https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/?fuseaction=feedback&docId=3085376&language=fr Nous vous invitons à y participer en répondant aux...

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Letter to Justice department

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Des, News, Updates | 1 comment

From SC in regards to Proposed EU Firearms Directive

16/12/2015

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Minister releases New SI & planned new arrangements for firearms administration

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Des, Documents, News, Updates | 1 comment

Details of S.I. & planned arrangements for the administration of the firearms licensing system.

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Meeting with Ms Francis Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice & Equality, and Ms Noreen O’Sullivan, Commissioner of An Garda Siochana

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Des, News, Updates | 0 comments

By Des Crofton, National Director – NARGC and Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition

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Firearms Review Update

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Des, News | 0 comments

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality has issued an interim report to the Minister for Justice and I attach a copy for your information. Interim-Report-to-Minister-on-Firearms-Review It can also be accessed on the link below.  I also set out below a copy of my email to the Chairman of the Committee sent on February 20th and you will immediately note the similarity between what I suggested and what is now recommended by the Committee.  All I can say is that the Committee’s interim report vindicates our stance, as it has accepted virtually every point we have made to date.  Please note that there is no recommendation to ban anything.  Please also note just some of the Committee’s statements: The Committee was very impressed with the professionalism and dedication and responsibility of the owners of legally held firearms who presented at the Committee and who engaged with the Committee during the visit to Harbour House Sports Club in County Kildare. The Committee cautions against comparing, in any way, the owners of legally held firearms with those engaged in criminal activity. The Committee is very concerned about the information contained in the letter dated 5 March 2015 to the Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee detailing, among other things, the number of firearms reported lost or stolen from 2010 to 2014.  The formation of a standing consultative forum which would include all major stakeholders should be considered. Such a forum would ensure that concerns and proposals from stakeholders could be put forward on a regular basis to the authority. The Committee strongly recommends that the Minister request that the Garda Inspectorate carry out an independent review of the current firearms licensing regime. We now look forward to engaging with the Minister in relation to the recommendations and the ongoing work of the Committee. Kindest regards and well done to all.   Des Crofton National Director – NARGC & Spokesperson for the Sports coalition       Dear Deputy Stanton,  Firstly, my apologies for the slight delay in forwarding this document, which was due to a longer than expected consultation and debate by the Coalition members on the contents.  I wish to again thank you and those members of your Committee who took the trouble to travel to Harbour House Shooting Range at Nurney, Co Kildare on Thursday 12th inst.  All appreciate that it is indeed somewhat troublesome for the Committee members to allocate the amount of time required for such a visit from a busy schedule.  As I indicated to you, no one on the Sports Coalition side, nor indeed I believe in any shooting organisation, (there being two small ones not members of the ‘Coalition’) has any desire to be in conflict with the authorities.  That said, that is precisely where we find ourselves for reasons which are well documented and are not necessary to repeat here.  There are a number of fundamental issues which the shooting associations believe, based on their separate and individual experiences, need to be addressed concerning the manner in which firearms licensing is administered in Ireland.  Our collective assessment is based on at least 10 years’ experience of problems encountered, but to a far greater extent over the last five years. The most urgent and critical issue is the matter of the .22 calibre...

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Sports Coalition Press Release, 16/03/2015

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Sports Coalition Press Release, 16/03/2015

Press Release regarding the statement issued by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality on 11th March 2015.

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Prime Time Programme on Firearms Proposals

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Des, News | 1 comment

Prime Time Programme on Firearms Proposals

Critique of Prime Time Programme on Firearms Proposals

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Prime Time – 10th March 2015

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Des, News | 1 comment

Prime Time – 10th March 2015

The Prime Time programme regarding firearms legislation is scheduled to be broadcast on March 10th, at 9.30pm.

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