SSANZ Newsletter Dec 2019By SSANZ
- 6th Dec, 2019 Dec 6, 2019, 12:00 AM
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Just when we think we have dealt with a new amendment to the Arms Act (Arms Legislation Bill 2019) by making submissions to the Select Committee and are preparing ourselves to follow up with oral submission, Police Minister Nash drops another change in our laps, SOP 408 in mid-November.
This time he is going after pistol owners, in an attempt to capture a few 100 short MSSAs that became pistols as a result of Police changing their policy on how they should be measured. These were excluded from the original prohibition and buyback. A clear illustration of how rushed and ill-considered the first Arms Amendment was.
SOP 408 is another piece of rushed and ill-prepared legislation, with only two weeks allowed for preparing submissions. A new definition of a “small semi-automatic pistol” overturns the long held simple legal definition of a pistol and has the effect of making many historical and collectable pistols into prohibited firearms, despite these already being held on C or B endorsed licences.
It requires shoulder stocks for pistols to be held on an endorsed licence and makes virtually any firearm based on the AR 15 platform prohibited regardless of calibre (i.e; .22 or less).
It also allows for any pump-action rifle to be declared a prohibited firearm by Order in Council. No mention was made of providing compensation for these newly prohibited firearms and no doubt owners who wish to retain them and their shoulder stocks will need to apply and pay for yet another P endorsement. No advice on this yet from Police National Headquarters.
“This time he is going after pistol owners, in an attempt to capture a few 100 short MSSAs that became pistols as a result of Police changing their policy on how they should be measured. These were excluded from the original prohibition and buyback. A clear illustration of how rushed and ill-considered the first Arms Amendment was.”
Next, at the end of November we had the Arms (Prohibited Magazine) Order 2019, which makes any drum magazine that can be fitted to a pistol into a prohibited magazine - like the historic Luger snail drum magazine. Then the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, & Parts) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2019.
This set of regulations redefines prohibited parts in relation to upper and lower receivers, provides protection against prosecution for owners whose applications for exemptions or modifications are not complete before 20 December and establishes additional criteria for compensation.
Another concern about this additional set of regulations is the power granted to the Commissioner of Police to determine what is a reasonable number of parts for a person to own when compensation is considered, he also has the discretion to require proof of ownership or original cost, something that is very hard to provide when they have been owned for many years.
Not that this will be the end of the story, there is no doubt more grief to come.
POLICE ARE RESPONSIBLE
Obviously it was all started by our Dear Leader who wanted to make a name for herself by being decisive after the March mosque attacks. However it is clear that the ongoing process is being driven by Police National HQ whose agenda is to divert attention from their own department’s failings in providing Tarrant with a licence and at the same time remove as many firearms as possible from public hands while arming the police as a para-military organisation.
Why do Police need 2,913 M4 MSSAs when licensed members of the public are not allowed such “evil and dangerous” firearms? Most LFOs are far more safety conscious and better shots than your average police officer.
“These regulations are rubber stamped by the Governor General and become law for 12 months before any parliamentary scrutiny.”
Why are Police drafting legislation, both Bills and Regulations, that are then rubber-stamped by their Minister Stuart Nash? Bills that are then rushed through the Select Committee process with only five minutes allowed for expert witnesses to provide oral testimony. That in itself is a travesty.
These regulations are rubber stamped by the Governor General and become law for 12 months before any parliamentary scrutiny.
Throughout this process police have steadfastly declined to consult with experts in the firearm community. Yet the legislation they are producing is so complex that when asked questions for a better understanding their own staff are unable to provide answers.
We understand they have directed their own employees to hand in their private firearms early, to set an example. Now they are bullying LFOs by threatening raids and retribution in respect of those who have failed to comply with all the changing laws when the amnesty ends on 20 December.
POLICE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FIREARM LICENCE OWNERS DATA BREACH
The news released by COLFO’s Fair & Reasonable Campaign on 2nd December that licensed firearm owners’ personal information (including bank accounts and firearms licence numbers and addresses), was exposed to anyone who cared to look at the Police Buyback online notification website, came as a shockl The police and government have tried to downplay the seriousness of the breach by claiming it was only accessed by one dealer and only 35 LFOs were fully exposed.
It matters not if one person accessed the buyback data or 100 people accessed it. The data was visible to anyone who went looking for five days before it was shut down.
This is clear proof that the police are not to be trusted with a register of our firearms.
OUR MOOD IS CHANGING
Most firearm owners in NZ are law abiding people who like to enjoy their sport or hobby alone or in the company of like-minded mates, they are not particularly political and certainly not radical. They are not protestors by nature.
However, as shown by the growing number in attendance at protest meetings LFOs are getting more and more upset by the repeated attacks (law changes) on our culture and way of life by those in authority. The December data breach has added fuel to the fire and how this ends will be down to the government.
NOTICE OF SSANZ AGM
To be held at 2.00pm on Saturday 8 February 2020, at the Bounty Room, Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei. Nominations for Officers and Committee should reach the Secretary by 25 January 2020.
All members are invited to attend.
ARE YOU A CLUB MEMBER?
With all these changes to the Arms Act and Regulations it is apparent that many firearm owners are in the dark as to how they are affected. Even as we approach the end of the amnesty there are some who don’t realise that their favourite hunting rifle is now prohibited, or their antique collectable pistol is to be banned.
If you don’t belong to a gun club how do you keep informed?
The answer to this is: join SSANZ for only $20 per year and keep yourself informed with regular email updates.
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