Supreme Court to rule on fixed jail terms for firearm crimes

Supreme Court to rule on fixed jail terms for firearm crimes

Department of Justice officials will be keeping an eye on a Supreme Court decision last week which could have implications for the future of mandatory sentences.

Under attack in the case is the constitutionality of the compulsory minimum five-year sentence for second time firearms offenders under section 27A(1) of the Firearms Act 1964.

Mandatory sentences have become a popular political tool in the last couple of decades for drugs and firearms offences. Last February, the Dáil...

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