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Fair and Reasonable Update: Pre-election discussion on the future of firearms in NZ

By Michael Dowling, COLFO


With the election campaign now back in full swing, I am delighted to extend an invitation to you - and all supporters of COLFO and the Fair and Reasonable Campaign - to our 2020 pre-election discussion and debate on the future of firearms in NZ.

When: Friday 2 October, 6:30 pm

Where: The Masterton Club


Guest speakers:

  • Dr Samara McPhedran, Firearms academic
    Australia's experience with changes to firearm law - has it made Australia a safer place?
  • Derek Daniell, 50 Shades of Green
    The importance of firearms to farmers and New Zealand's rural communities



  • Nicole McKee - ACT Party Firearms spokesperson
  • Mike Butterick - National Party Wairarapa candidate
  • Hon Ron Mark - NZ First Party Firearms spokesperson and Wairarapa candidate
  • Celia Wade-Brown - Green Party Wairarapa candidate
  • TBC - Labour Party


In this new socially distanced world, tickets are extremely limited and available on a first-come-first-served basis.


Click here to reserve your ticket.


If you’re unable to make the event, we’ll be live streaming to our Facebook page.



One of the things we’ll be asking candidates about is the rising tide of gangs, drugs and guns. On Monday TVNZ revealed that 1866 firearms were seized by Police over the past year - a cache growing in size due to illegal imports.


Public safety is at risk from a pool of illegal firearms, newly smuggled firearms, and a rise in new gangs and members. There is a triple threat to our safety in illegal firearms circulating among a host of old and new gangs, and an arms race in imported firearms.


For sources of imported firearms, just look at the brazen heist from the Port of Auckland of a gang-imported shipping container flagged by Customs as possibly holding contraband. There’s every reason to suspect that weapons are being imported alongside drugs.


The habit of politicians simply blaming the licenced firearms community needs to come to an end.


Thank you for your support.


Michael Dowling


Council of Licenced Firearms Owners

(on behalf of the Fair and Reasonable Campaign)


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