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Dublin man appears in court charged with possession of semi-automatic pistols and ammo

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File image of a 9mm Makarov (Via Andrey Mironov/Wikicommons)
File image of a 9mm Makarov (Via Andrey Mironov/Wikicommons)

A Dublin man has been arraigned before the Special Criminal Court today on firearms and ammunition charges.

Pierce Moran (59) of Church Road, East Wall, Dublin 3, is charged with the unlawful possession of various semi-automatic pistols, including an 8mm Knall calibre Valtro model AP29, a 9mm short calibre CZ model 83, a 9mm calibre Makarov PM and a 9mm short calibre Baikal model IZH79-8, as well as a silencer suitable for use with the Makarov pistol and a 12-gauge Beretta model A.300 semi-automatic, sawn-off shotgun at Church Road, East Wall, Dublin 3 on November 15th, 2014. 

Mr Moran is also charged with the possession of various ammunition magazines, suitable for use in the pistols from the first charge, at the same address on the same date.

Additionally, he is charged with the possession of assorted ammunition, also at the same address and on the same date. 

Today, when the court's registrar read the three charges to Mr Moran and asked whether he pleaded guilty or not guilty, Mr Moran did not reply. 

The court entered pleas of not guilty on Mr Moran's behalf. 

Counsel for the State, Vincent Heneghan BL, told the court that the trial will begin next Tuesday and is expected to last four days. 

By Daniel Hickey