Mr Ahern said he was determined to stamp out a practice known as â€œpractical shootingâ€. His department had monitored with concern â€œcompetitions in which people shoot their way through multi-stage target courses based on real life combat scenarios, such as a home invasion or a hostage rescueâ€.
He said: â€œThis activity is one that seeks to glorify and normalise attitudes to high-powered handguns and promote their use and ownership,â€ he said. Mr Ahern said â€œpractical shootingâ€ was a â€œhighly undesirableâ€ recent development in Irish shooting sports.
So government bureaucrats get to decide what is and what isn’t a shooting sport?Â No consideration for police to participate in these types of sports to hone their self-defense shooting skills?Â That’s why they are called “practical” sports, and apparently it appalls Irish authorities that people might make a shooting game out of it.
I kind of wonder if Airsoft and Paintball are illegal in Ireland, which involves people actually pointing guns at other people, and practicing things like assaults on fixed positions, etc.Â How appalling is that?Â I’ve also heard there might be some kids playing army in Derry.Â Gotta put a stop to that!