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Just a gentle reminder that the first deadline for submission on the current Licensing Proposals is this Friday January 9th.
If you have not already made your views known then please take a few moments to make a short submission. It can be as short as five minutes to write an email.
It is VERY important that you make your views known - otherwise the Committee and then Minister will assume that nobody disagrees with the proposals and implement them.
This deadline is for submissions to the Oireachtas Justice Committee - who will be advising the Minister for Justice on the current proposals, which call for the prohibition of many of our firearms.
If nothing else simply ask for the proposals to be set aside and the working group to be reformed including representatives of licensees such as the Sports Coalition, so that solutions to whatever problems are perceived, do not include the removal of our sports or the prohibition of any of our firearms.
The email address to send your submission to is email@example.com
For more information see the Sports Coalition website
There are detail on the Sports Coalition website about the format a Submission must take to be accepted.
In essence you need to attach two documents to your email.
One is a Cover Letter - giving your name, address, occupation and contact details (Phone and email)
The Other is your submission.
If you do not do this then the submission will not be accepted.
I would also recommend asking, as part of your cover letter, to be informed as to whether your submission has been accepted or not.
Please find attached the draft results from the Donegal Target Shooting Club National competition, hosted by Lough Bo Shooting Centre, the last National competition of 2014.
Thank you to Lough Bo Shooting Centre for Hosting the event, to Ruth & Donal McRoary for feeding us, to the Range Officers and Admin for running the competitions, and the competitors for shooting.
Any queries on the results to Declan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Enjoy and, as always, all input it appreciated.
NASRPC will be holding an Information evening
for affiliated clubs and their members
in the Clubhouse, Harbour House Sports Club, Co. Kildare at
7PM the evening of Monday November 17th.
There, we will explain what the Sports Coalition is,
why it is different from previous attempts at unity,
why it is so important and
what it is doing on behalf of all license holders.
We will also outline what it is that
we want you and your members to do
to aid the Coalition in its efforts.
Please make all effort to attend
Department of Justice and Equality / An Garda Síochána Working Group on Review of Firearms Licensing
The output from the review of the firearms legislation , carried out during the summer between An Garda Siochána and the Department of Justice has been published this week.
NASRPC has been aware of this review for some time, despite ongoing misinformation via other groups.
The Gardai published a new copy of the "Commissioners Guidelines" and
The Department of Justice published the "Working Group on Review of Firearms Licensing Report, November 2014"
We realise that some of the content is quite shocking and people may be understandably angry.
The cynics among us may ask when the much lauded "consultation" promised by the Minister and the Department occurred. We would ask the same.
NASRPC, as part of a coordinated approach by The Sport Coalition, will respond forthwith and we will keep you informed of progress on the matter.
We will be publishing more information on the matter in the coming hours.
If you have any questions or input please contact your local club or the committee of the NASRPC.
Dear NARGC Members, Friends, Colleagues and Supporters,
The Report of the Joint DOJ/Garda review of firearms is now published on the DOJ website on the link at the end of this email. If ever anyone had any doubt as to the enormity of what was being planned, such doubt is now removed entirely. If Fine Gael accept these proposals we must never again allow them to govern. Most of what I had announced early in 2014 being targeted and for which I was criticised by some shooting organisations for giving incorrect information are included. If you allow this to succeed, you will have lost a significant part of your sport and you will lose more later.
As you will be aware from previous briefs, the issue of firearms licensing remains a vexed issue for shooting people. Most, if not all of you will recall that in conjunction with most of the other shooting interests (target, dealers and range operators and our angling friends in FISSTA) we held a day long lobbying/briefing session for TD's and Senators in Buswells Hotel, across the street from Leinster House last May. Following on from that many of those politicians who attended made representations on our behalf resulting in commitments from the Minister in writing to each representation made and to us, and further stated by her on the floor of the Dail, inter alia, that when she received an anticipated report from a review being conducted jointly by the Gardai and her own Department of the firearms licensing system, she would consult with the relevant stakeholders prior to any final decisions being taken. You will see from the attached documentation that this promise was nothing more than a sham and another all too familiar broken promise by Fine Gael. The evidence clearly points to an intention to deceive us and treat us unfairly. At this point shooting people have a right to feel very angry that they are being treated with absolute contempt while a discredited Garda force is being rewarded for their unlawful handling of the firearms licensing system. Scandal is not a word which overstates the situation. Make no mistake about it, other hunting firearms are next if we let them away with this.
We need all of you now more than ever to mobilise and call your Government TD's and Senators to account. The political parties are in election mode and the Minister for Justice has been appointed by the Taoiseach to Chair the Fine Gael National Strategy Committee to conduct a Pre-General Election Consultation Process within Fine Gael. I can only suggest, in the circumstances of our experience, that the Fine Gael members should be very wary indeed of any promised consultation process. We need and urge you to start contacting every TD and Senator in your area and let them know in the strongest possible terms of your displeasure at how shooting people are being treated. Tell them you expect them to be in Buswells Hotel on the 20th. Every single one of them have received notice of the briefing by email already. Impress upon them that their seats are now very much in danger as sports people, including you, will commence actively campaigning against them if the Minister does not row back from her position. Tell them you are now at the end of your patience with Fine Gael and Labour and you and your family will never again give them a vote. Tell them you want feedback very quickly as to what is being done. Make it plain that no one is going to now engage in a fools' sham consultation. Don't contact each politician only once. Follow up to them after a week and tell them you want to know what is happening and do the same a week later and every week until they get the message.
PLEASE ACT NOW!!
Spokesperson for the Sports Coalition
Fellow Sportsmen and Sportswomen
Today marks a significant day for us all. This morning Des Crofton (NARGC), the Spokesman for the Sports Coalition, issued a letter to every member of both houses of the Oireachtas. A copy of the letter and its related attachments are appended to this mail. I urge you to read all attachments in full.
The key points made are as follows:
On 7th May all TDs and Senators were invited to a briefing in Buswells Hotel.
On the 12th of June the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, responded to each of you in writing and expressed the following; ‘Further consultation with relevant stakeholders will take place when I have considered the report and before any decisions are finalised in relation to proposals for change to the firearms licensing system’.
On August 22nd Des Crofton wrote to the Minister for Justice and expressed the following concern:
On the 10th of November the situation became clear as the Minister for justice, Frances Fitzgerald TD, approved the removal of Annex F. It would seem to any fair-minded individual that this is, in effect, an approval of a policy which sees the promised consultations as being a total sham – Outrageous.
As Des eloquently puts it, ‘we are yet again being wronged and lied to (not for the first time) by Fine Gael and we will hold each and every Fine Gael member responsible. As far as shooting, fishing and hunting people are concerned, Fine Gael cannot be trusted where our interests are under threat.’
Now Folks it time to for you to act. The Sports Coalition represents organisations which boast 120,000 members – and every one of those members have to act.
What do you do? Immediately contact your local Fine Gael TD and tell him/her what you think about the way sports shooters are being treated by the Minister for Justice, the Department of Justice and the Temporary Commissioner. Attend their clinics and do the same.
Don’t wait for the other person to do it for you. If you want to keep your firearms certificate, and ensure that next year they don’t come back for more act now.
Any with friends in the media – call on them now.
Please find below draft results from a wet and windy fundraiser shoot in Harbour House Sports Club in Lougharbour, Athy, Co Kildare.
Thank you to the O Brien family, Maura, Deirdre, Tommy & Toby for the usual fantastic hospitality and to the Harbour House Committee.
Thank you to Susan Mulcahy and Paul Kelly for acting as Chief Range Officers and to all the range officers who gave up their time and dry clothes to make it happen for everyone else.
Any queries on the scores to Declan.email@example.com
Please find attached draft results from the wet and windy day out in Hilltop in Co Wicklow, Thank you to the huge crowd who travelled from all around the country to compete, turnout was much greater than expected, so apologies to those who had to wait around to shoot, some fantastic scores were achieved today in the Benchrest competition despite the breeze !.
Thank you to Pat, Marion, Dave and the Hilltop Committee for facilitating the competition and for feeding everyone.
Any queries on the scores, please email Declan.firstname.lastname@example.org
The WA1500 Association of Ireland
Will hold a sanctioned WA1500 match @
Munster Target Shooting Club (MTSC)
on Saturday October 25 from 10:00am.
The match will consist of
For more information visit
MTSC : www.mtsc.ie
Enquiries to be directed to email@example.com
Please find below the Draft results from the National Competition held in beautiful Sligo, in Lough Bo Shooting Centre on the weekend of the 27th-28th of September.
Thank you to Gerry, Leona, James, Eamonn, Andy, Jenny and the team from Lough Bo for facilitating the competition and of course for feeding everyone.
Thank you to the Range Officers and Stats for working hard over the weekend, without you, no one would get to do any shooting.
Any queries on the results to Declan.firstname.lastname@example.org
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