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Man Found In Possession Of Imitation Firearm To Appear In Nenagh Court Today.

A man, understood to be in his 20’s, is due in appear court this morning, charged in connection with the possession of an imitation firearm in a “public place”, and on a train in Co Tipperary.

The man was arrested after he was searched by gardaí and plain clothes officers on the train close to Templemore railway station on Friday evening last.

He was questioned at a Garda Station in Co. Tipperary and has since been charged to appear before Nenagh District Court this morning.

The Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 provides for, where a person, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse (the onus of proving which shall lie on him or her), has a realistic imitation firearm with him or her in any “public place”, that person shall be guilty of an offence.

A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable as follows:
(1) On summary conviction to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or to both.
(2) On conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both.
(3) In this section “public place” includes any train, vessel or vehicle used for the carriage of persons for reward, any highway and any other premises or place including any club premises.

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