HC Deb 15 July 1909 vol 7 c2288

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland why persons, fully protected by police escort, are allowed to carry arms and show them publicly in town and country, to the danger of the public peace; and will he give directions that the constables in charge of such persons get orders to prevent them from showing or drawing out revolvers without necessity?


The police have no power to prevent any person, whether protected or not, from carrying arms or from showing them publicly, but they can and do take action when arms are used or exhibited to the danger of the public or the disturbance of the public peace.