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Minister of State for Law Reform at the Department of Justice, James Browne. Picture by Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Minister of State for Law Reform at the Department of Justice, James Browne. Picture by Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Minister of State for Law Reform at the Department of Justice, James Browne. Picture by Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

There are close to a quarter of a million legally held firearms across the country, figures show, amid concerns of a rise in these weapons being used in murder-suicides.

There are currently 234,000 firearm certificates in circulation, according to Garda Headquarters. This equates to one in eight households in Ireland possessing a legally held firearm.


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