'Someone with four firearms can’t afford to be careless' - No to renewal of farmer's firearm licence
A judge has refused to reinstate a firearms licence for a farmer whose licence had been revoked.
David Brownrigg (30) of Croneyhorn, Carnew in Co Wicklow, brought the appeal to Bray District Court.
The revocation happened some time after a collision in which gardaí found ammunition in the applicants car. Mr Brownrigg had reported the vehicle stolen and got it back shortly after the crash.
The licence had been revoked by Superintendent Gerard McGrath and involved four firearms.
A solicitor for Mr Brownrigg called firearms dealer John Lambert to the stand first. Mr Lambert told the court that he has an obligation to make it known to the authorities if he has any concerns about an applicant.
He said that he knows Mr Brownrigg and would vouch for his character as a suitable person to possess a licence. Mr Lambert said that while the storage of firearms is regulated by law, the storage of ammunition is not.
He said that there are around 200,000 firearms licensed in Ireland, with around 500 rounds on average per firearm. So around 100 million rounds of ammunition are currently licensed. Mr Lambert said that he has heard of firearms being stolen, but not ammunition.
He said that he and Mr Brownrigg would have hunted together. Mr Brownrigg told the court that he is a member of a gun club. He said that he used the firearms for vermin control on his farm and other farms, and also for clay pigeon shooting.