A car has also been seized
Two men have been arrested and a handgun recovered following an incident in Dublin city centre last night.
Gardaí say they were carrying out a routine traffic stop on the North Strand at around 10pm.
Gardaí on the scene are said to have 'become suspicious' of a second car in the area, which was stopped and searched.
In a follow-up operation, a third car was searched and the handgun was recovered.
A car has also been seized following the operation.
Two men in their 20s were arrested in connection with the incident.
They are currently being held at Mountjoy Garda Station.