Letterkenny man in court on firearms charge

June 29, 2021

A LETTERKENNY man claimed that he intended to sell a gun after being charged with the unauthorised possession of a firearm.

Jamie Connors (26), with an address at Canal Road, Letterkenny was before Letterkenny District Court.

Connors was brought to court charged with the offence at Main Street, Stranorlar on May 21, 2019.

Sergeant Jim Collins said that Connors had gone to a firearms dealer with the intension to sell the gun. Gardaí were alerted and it transpired that Connors’ firearms licence had expired. The gun was licensed to an address in Tipperary, Sgt Collins said, and Connors had no authorisation to keep it at Canal Road.

Defence solicitor, Mr Michael Shiel, told the court that Connors held a licence for a ‘number of years’ and it had experienced just under two months before the offence.

Mr Shiel said: “He intended selling the gun at the time and that’s why he didn’t renew the licence.”

Mr Shiel said he would be asking for the gun to be restored to Connors once his licence was renewed.

Gardaí sought for the firearm, which was seized, to be forfeited to the State.

Judge Alan Mitchell adjourned the case to September 6, 2021 for sentence.