Kerry gardaí say the number of people carrying weapons while out socialising is increasing.
Chief Superintendent of the Kerry Garda Division Eileen Foster made the claim at the recent Joint Policing Committee meeting, when she was speaking about the increase in the number of weapon possessions.
During the first nine months of this year, there were 36 weapon possession offences recorded in the county.
This represents an increase of 16% on the same period in 2018.
Chief Superintendent of the Kerry Garda Division Eileen Foster says the 36 recorded offences relate solely to possession of offensive weapons, such as knives.
She says the increase is a concern as it shows that people in Kerry are socialising while carrying dangerous weapons.
The top garda in Kerry says while many people are not using these weapons, it’s still an offence to be carrying them.