Home­made guns seized in Tralee


The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

A MAN has been ar­rested in the Tralee area fol­low­ing a raid on a house last week in which a num­ber of im­pro­vised ‘home­made’ firearms were dis­cov­ered.

Gardaí said they ar­rested a man in his 40s and seized a num­ber of what ap­peared to be home­made guns and an amount of com­mer­cially made am­mu­ni­tion fol­low­ing a search at a house in the Tralee area last Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29, shortly after 12 noon.

Dur­ing the search op­er­a­tion Gardaí dis­cov­ered a num­ber of what were de­scribed as “ap­par­ent home­made firearm de­vices”.

A quan­tity of am­mu­ni­tion was also dis­cov­ered in the prop­erty.

The scene was pre­served for tech­ni­cal and foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion.

An Eastern Euro­pean man was ar­rested at the scene.

He was then de­tained and ques­tioned un­der Sec­tion 30 of the Of­fences Against the State Act 1939 at Tralee Garda Sta­tion.

It is un­der­stood that the im­pro­vised weapons will be sent to the Garda foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory in Dublin for fur­ther test­ing.

These tests will be car­ried out to as­cer­tain whether or not they are vi­able weapons that are ac­tu­ally ca­pa­ble of fir­ing.

The man – who was de­scribed as a ‘firearms en­thu­si­ast’ – has since been re­leased with­out charge, and a Garda spokesper­son said that a file on the mat­ter will now be pre­pared for the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Prose­cu­tions.

Gardaí have said it is not thought that the guns were des­tined to be used for crim­i­nal pur­poses, but their en­quiries are on­go­ing.

Tim and Seán Poll­mann-Daamer pic­tured re­ceiv­ing a cheque from Siob­hán Cree­don of the boys bas­ket­ball team TK Bob­cats.

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