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

Clarification:

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Des | 2 comments

On the the origin and content of the suggested comments circulated to members of shooting clubs

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FIREARMS REVIEW – FORTHCOMING RTE PRIME TIME PROGRAMME

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Des | 7 comments

FIREARMS REVIEW – FORTHCOMING RTE PRIME TIME PROGRAMME

VERY URGENT !  We took the RTE Prime Time crew out onto the mountain in Enniskerry on the morning of 23rd February for a deer stalk which they had asked to see as part of the above planned programme.  There was plenty of snow, freezing cold weather but a beautiful clear sunny day.  We saw five deer and shot two with crisp clean shots resulting in instant death.  Couldn’t have been better!  The gralloching was not filmed.  At my suggestion Paul Walsh did the interview from a deer stalker’s perspective.  He was excellent! The producer said that while she had very much enjoyed the Harbour House demonstration shoot for the Oireachtas Justice Committee members, she was much more into what she had experienced with us on the mountain and expressed a wish to come back out with us at a later date.  She will notify me of the Prime Time broadcast date as soon as it is decided and the programme format.  When I have that information, I will publish it immediately to everyone I can. In preparation for the programme, everyone who shoots or who supports shooting/hunting needs to be geared up for sending comment by email, twitter, fax, text, letter and phonecall to every politician in their area while the programme is on air and especially immediately after it!!!!  We will only get one opportunity to do this so please make it count!  Politicians will be watching to see what the reaction is to the programme.  Don’t let our critics have the day!  Get active and send your comments.  Head your comment PRIME TIME.  The comments need to be short and varied:  Examples:   This is just middle Ireland being attacked again. You have taken away our post offices, our Garda stations, our hospital beds, our teachers; you have made us pay more for our water, our sceptic tanks and now you propose to take away our sport. Why should law abiding citizens be penalised for the actions of criminals? By what logic has the decision been made to make law abiding citizens suffer because the Gardai can’t do their job effectively? Criminals are targeting areas where Garda stations have been closed and where the number of Gardai were reduced. If criminals are stealing firearms from legal owners it is as a result of the Garda’s and government’s own policies. Leave the legally held guns alone.  They are not the problem. The Gardai would do better seizing the tens of thousands of illegal guns in the hands of the criminals. Burglaries are now on the increase. There would be no firearms stolen if the Gardai got on top of the burglaries but with Garda stations closed there is little hope of that. The Gardai are talking of legally held guns being a public safety issue. What a joke! Senior officers see nothing wrong in cancelling penalty points for their families, friends and colleagues for no good reason thereby endorsing bad behaviour on the roads, mostly speeding, where nearly 200 people were killed in 2014.  But not one person was killed with a legally held firearm in that year nor in the previous year nor in the previous year either. What about all the illegal guns coming in with drug shipments? They would be better off tackling that...

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Justice Committee Meeting, 21st January 2015

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Des, News | 1 comment

The Sports Coalition, together with other shooting representatives, appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on 21st January.

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Minister Escalates campaign against Sports Shooters

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Des, News | 3 comments

Minister for Justice update to Niall Collins TD FF, in Dail, 15/1/2015

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