The National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC) have released a statement advising gun owners of Ireland about new restrictions of lead in shooting and fishing.
"EU and Irish civil servants are currently finalising the new restrictions. Politicians and parliaments are not involved in this EU comitology procedure in any way.”
“The Irish Government is allowing this to proceed, with no infrastructure in place, and with no proper assessment on the issue conducted” added the association.
Pat Curley - Chairman of the NARGC - said: “It going to cost a lot of money to have the guns reproofed for steel.”
Mr. Curley said that there is no proof house in Ireland and all the guns will have to be sent to Birmingham for assessment of the guns to ensure that they can take the pressure of steel ammunition.
This means that the guns will have to be exported through a firearms dealer and imported back into Ireland.
They will also need to be insured for potential damage as guns will not be covered during the proofing process. The estimated price for the entire procedure is €300.
“You cannot proof any gun under a half choke for steel and most farmers guns are invariably three-quarter choke or full-choke” stated Mr. Curley.
This implies that many of the guns in Ireland will be banned.
No alternative ammunition
In the statement, NARGC warned that there is no alternative ammunition for small rifles (under .223mm).
The alternative ammunition proposed under these new restrictions will not be suitable or safe for 70-80% of shotguns.In other terms, over 100,000 guns will become obsolete – fit only for scrapping. Farmers and owners of older guns will be most affected by this new restriction.
The NARGC are asking gun owners to “act now or we will finish up with another unnecessary, and unwarranted restriction from Europe. Raise this with your politicians, they must be held accountable.”
“This type of bureaucratic dictate has no place in Ireland or in any democracy.” the statement concluded.
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