The charges all have their genesis in Operation Bambi and are predicated on alleged poaching of deer in the area of West Wicklow.
The defendant pleaded guilty in court to the offences which were detected in 2014 under Operation Bambi.
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Following the publication of a report on firearm licensing, Minister Fitzgerald is seeking submissions regarding proposed amendments to the current firearm licensing system. the licensing of handguns be confined to specified Olympic handguns. The licensing of centre-fire semi-automatic rifles be prohibited. The licensing of semi-automatic shotguns with a capacity of greater than three cartridges be prohibited. The grounds for disentitlement to hold firearms be expanded to include persons convicted of certain additional offences. That the grounds for an appeal to the District Court against a refusal to grant a firearms certificate be extended. That the reloading of ammunition be permitted in a controlled manner.
Again this is incorrect and an offence as the requirements state “person (trained person/hunter) was present when the animal was shot”.
The Minister said: “A key objective of firearms legislation is to protect society from the dangers associated with the misuse of firearms.
While the great majority of licensed firearms do not give rise to specific concerns, the question has to be addressed whether specific categories of firearms pose risks to the extent that their ownership by private individuals should not be considered.
In addition to the forfeiture of firearms, lamps, knives, binoculars and other items, the defendant was ordered to make a donation of €2,000 for the exclusive use of Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland.
Ends We received the following statement this evening from Frances Fitzgerald TD, Minister for Justice and Equality.