ARE YOU A HOLDER OF A FIREARMS LICENCE FOR HUNTING OR TARGET SHOOTING IF SO, YOUR FIREARM IS AT RISK THE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE HAS STATED HIS INTENTION TO ULTIMATELY BAN ALL LEGALLY HELD FIREARMS. LEGALLY HELD PISTOLS FOR TARGET SHOOTING ARE JUST THE START NEXT WILL BE LEGALLY HELD HUNTING AND TARGET RIFLES FOLLOWING THAT WILL BE GAME SHOOTING & SPORTING SHOTGUNS, WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT WE MUST PRESENT A UNITED FRONT AS GAME SHOOTERS, HUNTERS, TARGET SPORTS SHOOTING MEN AND WOMEN WE MUST SHOW THE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE THAT THERE IS NO “GUN CULTURE” BUT A LARGE GROUP OF LAW ABIDING VOTERS WHO ARE EXTREMLEY DISSATISFIED WITH HIS STATED VIEWPOINT, AND HIS INTENDED COURSE OF ACTION IRELAND HAS A SPORT-SHOOTING HERITAGE THAT ALL FIREARM OWNERS CAN BE PROUD OF AND NOT ASHAMED OF, AS THE MINISTER FOR JUSTICE WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE . WITH MEMBERS FROM THE CIVIL SERVICE, GARDAI, LOCAL COMMUNITY GAME CLUBS, TARGET SPORTS CLUBS, DISABLED SHOOTERS, FARMING COMMUNITY, IN FACT ALL SECTIONS OF SOCIETY BOTH YOUNG AND OLD. WE HAVE A LEGITIMATE SPORT WITH MANY VARIED DISCIPLINES DO YOU SUPPORT IRISH MEN AND WOMEN WHO TAKE PART IN SHOOTING SPORTS WE ASK THAT YOU CAREFULLY READ THE FOLLOWING PETITION AND IF YOU AGREE WITH THE POINTS OUTLINED IN IT THAT YOU SIGN THIS PETITION. Game & Target Shooting Community, Firearms Owners Petition – Dec 2008 We the undersigned would like to have it noted, By the Minister for Justice that:: •We do support An Garda Síochána in their fight against crime. •We do support An Garda Síochána targeting illegal firearms and prosecuting criminals to the full extent of the law. •We do support the responsible ownership of firearms for target and game shooting. •We do not accept that licensed firearms or their owners present a threat to public safety. •We do not accept the Minister for Justice associating licensed firearms owners with criminals and their illegal use of firearms. •We do not accept that the banning of licensed firearms will have any impact on criminal activities.