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Investigation after garda submachine gun found in Dublin city centre by member of the public

Journal.ie logo Journal.ie 11/07/2018 Christine Bohan

File photo of an armed garda © RollingNews.ie File photo of an armed garda AN INVESTIGATION IS under way after a fully-loaded submachine gun belonging to a member of An Garda Siochána was found in Dublin city centre.

The gun was handed in to Store Street garda station yesterday by a member of the public.

The gun is believed to have been an MP7, a compact submachine gun described by its manufacturer as being designed to “be carried like a handgun yet capable of rifle-like effectiveness”.

It was being used by a garda who was part of an armed unit involved in ongoing criminal investigations in Dublin. The incident did not involve personnel involved in the operations surrounding the royal visit.

The MP7 is used by gardaí who are part of the Special Detective Unit, the Emergency Response Unit and the Regional Support Units; however, it is understood that the gun was not one issued to the ERU, the highly-trained tactical unit of the gardaí.

An Garda Siochána said that an officer will look into what happened.

“A senior garda officer has been appointed to examine all the circumstances relating to an incident involving an armed unit in Dublin city centre today,” a spokesperson for An Garda Siochána said.

Additional reporting by Sinead O’Carroll 

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