The guns in Garda armouries may include weapons owned by the public, as well as confiscated weapons.I thought his claim the Gardai go unarmed in a non violent country was rather amusing.
Must have been driving too many Jamesons seeing all these heavily tooled up Guards getting a bit frisky with the local rogues and the armed Troops guarding banks and Post Offices.
Strength of An Garda Síochána : 15,000
Authorised firearms Officers: 3,000
Guns in Garda armouries : 15,000
Iirc, certain classes of firearm could be owned by the public but must be held by the Garda. In effect you signed it out for the day and signed it back in. That gave them the ability to control access, and be able to track the occurrences and place of the firearms use.
Could anyone clarify if I am correct or not ?