Press Release – Centre Fire Sporting Handguns

Press Release




Following representations and written submissions from the Sports Coalition over a period of time, the Department of Justice has communicated today to the Sports Coalition that it is in receipt of confirmation from the Attorney General that licence holders who hold firearms certificates for centre fire handguns can make substitutions, the same as for any other category of firearm, contrary to the policy adopted by An Garda Siochana since the firearms legislation was amended in 2009.  This follows a detailed analysis of the provisions of the legislation by the Sports Coalition and its legal advisors which resulted in a compelling submission to the Department of Justice based on that analysis.  The Coalition urged the Department to seek the advice of the Attorney General which has now produced this very satisfactory result for all centre fire handgun owners.  Appeals by some organisations and individuals previously, including the NASRPC, to the Gardai were met with a blanket refusal.  The current outcome should underline for all the benefit of working through the Sports Coalition, an organisation which has the expertise, strategic vision and an excellent record of achievement in delivering on firearms licensing issues for all sports shooters.  It was achieved by systematic steps undertaken solely by the Sports Coalition on behalf of not only its own members, but to the benefit of members of other organisations also.


The Chairman of the Sports Coalition, Paul Walsh, in expressing his satisfaction in being able to resolve what had become a festering problem, noted the effectiveness of dealing with conflicts through the Sports Coalition and the medium of the Firearms Consultative Panel on the basis of cooperation rather than through the courts has had been the norm in years gone by.  He further noted that this positive outcome will have a knock-on benefit for the gun trade.






The Sports Coalition is an umbrella organisation whose member associations represent 120,000 sports people on the entire island of Ireland who are involved in countrysports, including sport fishing. 

It is a political lobby group registered with the Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO).


For further information contact:

Paul Walsh Chairman Sports Coalition (086-8282700)


Des Crofton Spokesperson (087-4634137)