Labour TD proposes tougher gun laws
The Labour Party is set to debate a bill put forward by Dublin TD Robert Dowds which proposes tougher sentences for gun possession.
Mr Dowds, who was behind the proposal to name a flyover after Veronica Guerin, is seeking support for an increase in teh minimum sentencing for gun possession with intent to cause harm, from ten years to 13. Mr Dowds is also proposing to increase the minimum sentences from five years to seven for offences such as firearm possession when taking a vehicle without authority.
In a briefing note to his party colleagues, Mr Dowds said his bill is in response to a number of serious gun-related crimes in the capital in recent months.
"The streets of Dublin must not become a hunting ground for violent criminals, and we must not allow innocent children to become gangland victims," Mr Dowds said.
"We too must not become de-sensitised to these atrocities just because they have become frequent occurrences." he added.
"There are entire neighbourhoods across the State, including in my own constituency, which are living in fear of gangland criminals."