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Firearms Policy Unit

Firearms Policy Unit: 

This Section was established in 2008 by the Garda Commissioner to coincide with the changes to the firearms licensing processes which took effect in 2009. Some of the key roles and responsibilities include the following:

  • The Firearms Policy Unit works closely with the Department of Justice in relation to changes to legislation and the security standards of registered firearms Dealers premises.
  • The Section acts as a central reference point for internal and external stakeholders.
  • To update, as and when necessary, the Commissioner’s Guidelines document on firearms licensing.
  • Provide Policy and legislative advices to Garda Superintendents and Chief Superintendents tasked with considering applications to licence/renew firearm certificates.
  • Implement and monitor Policy for the Organisation on various Firearms Reports such as ‘Renewals outstanding’ and ‘Payments rejected’.
  • Ensure the Commissioner’s policies on firearms licensing are standardised throughout the Organisation by way of H.Q. Directives.
  • Liaise with the outsourced providers responsible for collection of fees and the printing of firearm certificates