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Firearms Act, 1964

Prohibition of use of firearms to resist arrest or aid escape.

27.(1) A person shall not use or produce a firearm or an imitation firearm—

(a) for the purpose of or while resisting the arrest of such person or of another person by a member of the Garda Síochána, or

(b) for the purpose of aiding or in the course of the escape or rescue of such person or of another person from the custody of the Garda Síochána or of the person in charge of a prison, remand institution, Saint Patrick's Institution or an institution where criminal lunatics (within the meaning of the Criminal Justice Act, 1960 ) are detained.

(2) A person who contravenes subsection (1) of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction on indictment to a fine not exceeding five hundred pounds, or, at the discretion of the court, to penal servitude for a term not exceeding five years or to both such fine and penal servitude.