‘Huge drop’ in gun dealerships leading to ‘more smuggling’

‘Huge drop’ in gun dealerships leading to ‘more smuggling’

Irish Gun Traders Association stage protest to highlight issues ‘devastating trade’ in Republic Members of the Irish Gun Traders Association have protested at Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park, Dublin claiming that certain regulations are driving legitimate gun dealers out of business. There has been a “huge drop” in the number of gun dealerships in the Republic, which has led to a surge in the smuggling of shooting products into the State, the Irish Gun Traders Association (IGTA) has said. Members of the IGTA mounted a protest outside Garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Thursday to highlight issues it said are “devastating trade” in the Republic. It said the industry was worth tens of millions in sales and employs hundreds of people. However, the number of gun dealers has significantly reduced from 840 in the late 1990s to just 263 currently. The IGTA said current “overly-strict controls” and “bureaucratic conditions” on legitimate dealers have led to “a decrease in their business and an increase in the smuggling of shooting products into the country”. “We accept that controls on the sale of guns, even for sporting purposes is necessary,” said a spokesman. “But the introduction of recent regulations is further driving legitimate, law-abiding dealers out of business.” While the majority of licensed guns held in Ireland are long guns, such as shotguns or rifles used by hunting enthusiasts and farmers, there are also sporting handguns. These are used for national and international competitions including the Olympics. “When the […]

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