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Disbanding the Firearms Legislation Action Group

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That the Firearms Legislation Action Group be disbanded immediately and its functions subsumed by the Shooting Sports Association of Ireland committee. The reasons for this are as follows: 1) FLAG\'s abysmal performance since its inception in 2001, in particular: - the total lack of effective representation during the drafting and enactment of the Criminal Justice Bill 2004/Criminal Justice Act 2006, which has led to the worst restrictions ever placed upon the shooting sports in the history of the state; - the total lack of effective legal action by FLAG prior to the reintroduction through NARGC actions of Pistols and Fullbore rifles; - the repeated risk of financial ruin for the NRPAI and its constituent bodies taken on by FLAG through lawsuits, despite warnings to cease and instructions to cease from the NRPAI on the grounds that there was nowhere near sufficient funds in the FLAG fund to cover any form of loss; - the urging of the shooting community at large by FLAG to not contact their local TDs in order to attempt to resist changes to firearms legislation (such as the massive hike in the licence fees, which FLAG failed to learn of until it was pointed out to them by the Department of Justice; subsequent mass contacting of local TDs by individual shooters led to the temporary postponement of this hike that is currently being enjoyed by shooters) 2) FLAG\'s repeated intimidatory tactics through threatened libel actions against fellow shooters since its inception in 2001; 3) FLAG\'s divisive and acrimonious history in the shooting community and the firearms trade since 2001; 4) The poor conduct of members of the FLAG committee in the shooting community since 2001, such as the undermining of the NTSA to the Irish Sports Council by Declan Keogh in a formal letter written to the Irish Sports Council in response to a private email from the NTSA to him seeking to explore options for reamalgamation of shooting governing bodies in Ireland; 5) The refusal by FLAG to divulge information to the shooting community at large or to properly elected members of the NRPAI constituent bodies despite repeated requests from both private individuals and shooting governing bodies, and the generally secretive and mistrusting approach taken by FLAG towards shooters since its inception in 2001.


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