Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 03 October, 2007

Written Answers. - Weapons Licensing.

Deputy Tony Gregory asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 1016 of 26 September 2007, if he will ask the Garda Commissioner to detail the expert opinion available to him that reloaded ammunition is not traceable. [22097/07]

  Deputy Brian Lenihan: I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that his Ballistic experts advise that reloaded ammunition, which utilises previously discharged cartridge cases a number of times, makes ballistic comparisons more difficult. As the Deputy will appreciate, each time the cartridge is discharged, markings are left on it thereby rendering the tracing of the firearm from which it was discharged extremely difficult.