No further restrictions on lead ammunition as DEFRA rejects flawed report

Secretary of State for the Environment, Liz Truss, has rejected the recommendations of the controversial Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) process and confirmed that there will be no further restrictions on the use of lead ammunition. In a letter to LAG Chairman, John Swift, The Secretary of State has confirmed that…

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PSNI FEB Advice on Banded Transactions

PSNI FEB has distributed advice regarding banded transactions.  To view an updated banded advice table please click   PSNI FEB banded advice .   The table is a working document and will be subject to change so the date at the top will always reflect the version.   There is now…

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Sale of Woodcock Prohibited – Republic of Ireland

EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (WILDBIRDS) (WOODCOCK) REGULATIONS 2015. Date Released: Friday, October 30, 2015 S.I. No. 472 of 2015 EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (WILDBIRDS) (WOODCOCK) REGULATIONS 2015. The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has made the European Communities (Wildbirds) (Woodcock) Regulations 2015 in exercise of the powers conferred on her by section 3 of…

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New Measures Introduced for Ireland’s Firearm Holders

Countryside Alliance Ireland is delighted that the Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, has recently announced a series of changes to the firearms licensing system in Ireland.    This welcome news has been much sought after and has involved a concerted effort from all parties.  Countryside Alliance Ireland…

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Firearm certificate renewals – get them in on time

In order to assist the PSNI’s Firearms and Explosives Branch, CAI is urging members to submit their firearm certificate renewal applications at least six weeks prior to the date of expiry shown on their current firearm certificate.  The minimum six week period is as stated on the PSNI’s covering letter…

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NI leading country sports organisations reach agreement on firearm fees and the banded system

We are delighted to advise that agreement has been reached on firearms fees and a banded system for rifles between an alliance of shooting and rural organisations, the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). The rural organisations include Countryside Alliance Ireland (CAI), The British…

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BWS Resigns from the Lead Ammunition Group over ‘abuses of process

The Executive Chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Sir Barney White-Spunner, has resigned from the Lead Ammunition Group (LAG) in protest at “abuses of process and evidence that render the group’s work so flawed it can never reach any scientific conclusions”. The LAG was set up under the Labour Government in…

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Brief Report on Meeting hosted by Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality

Minister Fitzgerald had given a commitment that she would not make any decision in relation to the recommendations in the Firearms Licensing Review Report until she met the key stakeholders, including the organisations who represent those who use firearms for sporting purposes.    As such, all stakeholders were called to…

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RoI Review of Firearms Licensing – Interim Report

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has sent an interim report on its consideration of the Firearms Licencing Review. The Report, which contains seven interim recommendations, has been sent to Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald TD. It has also been laid in both Houses of…

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Justice Committee to seek academic advice on firearms review

The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality has agreed to seek a range of academic perspectives as part of its on-going consideration of a recent review of firearms licencing issues. The Committee hopes that the input of experts, with independent analysis of the current trends in Ireland and…

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