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What's The Gun Culture Like In Ireland?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by kingpin008, Aug 15, 2008.

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  1. kingpin008

    kingpin008 Member

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    So, here's the deal. There is a chance that sometime in the next year, I will have a chance to spend three months in Ireland as an all-expense-paid internship though my school. I will be working (and getting paid - almost $5k in total over the three months) in a hotel restaurant. Pretty sweet deal indeed.

    Now, my question is: What is the gun rights/shooting sports situation in Ireland? Is it comparable to England, in that there is really nothing allowed, besides maybe some use in "sporting" type activities?

    I wonder, because if I'm selected for the internship I'd love to be able to be an "ambassador" or sorts in regards to American shooters, and it always helps to know the situation of the country you're in before you get into a discussion!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Deanimator

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    How bad can it be? They keep turning up original 1919 prototype Thompson SMGs!
     
  3. moga

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    I thought Ireland has a total gun ban a la England.

    Edit: Unlike Scotland and Wales, it appears Ireland was spared in 1996 but gun ownership seems to be tightly regulated by the government and socially unacceptable by current modes of thought.
     
  4. Cyclimus

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    I think Ireland still allows long arms... don't quote me on that but I recall a news story from a few months ago about an Irish farmer who was suing to get his shotgun back for defense of property or something like that.
     
  5. nwilliams

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    I'm so jealous!:cuss:

    I love Ireland such a beautiful country and the people are great! If the exchange rate wasn't so crappy right now I'd love to go back again this year for another visit:(

    I hear Ireland is a bit more relaxed about guns than GB is so that's a plus, but they still have it pretty restricted there compared to US.

    Have a great time and drink lots of Guinness!
     
  6. Chipperman

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    All expense paid trip, plus you're getting $5k!?!?!

    Congrats, that's awesome!
     
  7. Samuel Adams

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    You're from Merry Land. What could be worse? Enjoy the trip. I'm green with envy.
     
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    Hmmm.... it all depends on who you talk to and where you live. Now if you ask the IRA.....:D
     
  9. kingpin008

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    Well, it's not exactly 5k. If I'm selected for the internship I'll be making 750 Euros/month, which, as long as I'm frugal while I'm there, I will come back with. So as long as I don't spend that much while I'm there, I'll come home with a nice bit of dough in my pocket.

    I've never been farther than Wisconsin as far as traveling goes, so I must admit, if I'm picked I'll be pretty nervous. I'm very much a homebody, not very used to being away from comfortable surroundings. But, it's a huge opportunity, and not to be missed if I can help it.

    I'll have to do some research on the gun situation there as well - thanks for the replies to far, I appreciate the help!

    For the record, I'm quite fond of Maryland. It's a great state, albeit with crappy laws. I could have it way worse.
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    The interns have to share a Glock.
     
  11. kingpin008

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    Haha. Change that to "Interns have to share the XD" and I'd be ok with that. :evil:
     
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    Which Ireland, there's Northern Ireland , part of Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland in the south. Two different beasties.....same great Guinness.....
     
  13. kingpin008

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    You know, I don't recall where the hotel is located off the top of my head. I want to say Dublin, but I could be way off. We haven't gotten the application packets yet, so I can't check to see right now. I'll try to email my professor, and see if he can fill me in though.

    And am I the only one who thinks Guinness tastes like sadness in a glass? I swear, I can't stand the stuff. And I'm over 50% Irish! (and I've worked in a microbrewery!)
     
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    I'm with you. I don't like beer I have to chew.
     
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    they drink Harp and Bud

    no one really drinks Guiness, only Yank tourist.
    in rural Ireland they hunt with shotguns on St Stephens Day.
    they think "you're mad" if you like guns too much.
    you'll love it and you'll love comeing back home to freedom.
     
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    I am with you.
     
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    I think the drink reflects what it is to be Irish. Ask Yeats.
     
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    Are you Italian?
     
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    Dublin is in the Republic of Ireland.

    BTW, I've been told that your fine city of "Baltimore" comes from the Gaelic Baile Taigh Mòr ("Town of the Big House").
     
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    No joke. Now, I have nothing against dark beers, but something about Guinness makes me wonder how drunk the fellas who made it were before they approved the recipe.

    I never understood why so many people fawn all over it - even if I'm not particularly a fan, it's still just a Stout beer. Nothing really special about it. There are tons that are just the same, or similar. Seems like some folks claim to love it for the "cool factor". Not all, but there are those types.
     
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    Tallpine - Baltimore was name for Lord Baltimore. Not sure exactly the origins of his name, however.
     
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    You will need a firearms certificate to own any form of firearm, even an air rifle.

    To get the cert. you will need a reason to have a gun, generally for sporting purposes and you will need to join a club.

    If you intend to hunt you will have to get permissions off at least two landowners to shoot on their land.

    Pistols can be gotten but generally a headache.

    You will also need secure storage.

    All that is academic as your cert. will probably not be processed in less than 3 months.

    There are clubs you can go and shoot but they're pricey enough.

    For example:

    http://www.courtlough.ie/amenities.html

    So generally, farmers shoot vermin with their shotguns and rifles, townies shoot targets with .22s, larger calibres are harder to get. There is no concealed carry, you are forbidden to use your gun for self-defence.

    There is no gun culture.
     
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    Very limited ownership of rifles and shotguns, and about a thousand handguns in the entire country. Mostly it's shotguns and .22s for agricultural use, and heavily regulated, though there's supposedly a skeet club somewhere north of Dublin according to one of my uncles.
     
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    So it is very similar to England. Who woulda guessed? :)

    Thanks for the info, Vaarok & dresden8.
     
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    Baltimore, MD ois named for Lord Baltimore, Charles Calvert. He was named after a small town in Ireland, I believe in Limerick or Armagh.
     
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