Question to: Proinsias De Rossa
Issue: The role of regional and local government
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What are your thoughts on how the latest proposed amendments to the Irish Firearms Acts - as contained in the Criminal Justice (Misc.Provisions) Bill 2009 - contravene the EU directive on Firearms (91/477/EEC) by requiring all Irish firearms owners to only purchase ammunition or firearms from Irish registered firearms dealers instead of the current (and in force since 1964) laws that allow them to purchase from any registered firearms dealer in the EU so long as the appropriate paperwork is in place?
Reply from
Proinsias De Rossa

Dear ,

Thanks for your question. To be honest, I haven´t received any
correspondence on this particular issue so wasn´t aware of it but I will
bring it to the attention of the Labour Party´s justice spokesperson in
the Dail, Pat Rabbitte TD who´s dealing with it in the Dail. Our initial
position on the Minister´s proposals is set out in Pat´s statement of 20
May, available at

Best wishes,

Proinsias De Rossa MEP