SSANZ Newsletter Nov 2019By SSANZ
- 3rd Nov, 2019 Nov 3, 2019, 12:00 AM
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Where Have We Gone Wrong?
Until this year New Zealand had sensible firearm laws that allowed those considered fit and proper
to own firearms and enjoy the shooting sports of their choosing.
The Arms Act worked because it had good compliance by the firearm community who largely adhered to the safety and security requirements, which kept the public at large safe. Unintentional shootings and firearm homicides had steadily trended downwards. The only fly in the ointment was the increasing gun violence by drug-dealing gang members that the justice system had failed to apprehend and lock up.
“These new laws will kill off shooting as a sport if left unchallenged!”
Then one day a foreign terrorist slips undetected into the country and through sloppy police work is granted a firearms licence. He legally buys a number of firearms and through an omission in the law also acquires large capacity magazines for them. He goes on to commit this country’s most horrific crime, slaying 51 innocent people and wounding many more.
The governments’ immediate reaction was to clamp down on law abiding firearm owners by banning most types of military and sporting semi-automatic firearms, which included many valuable and historic collectable guns. In supporting this government knee-jerk action the many media commentators have chosen to demonize gun owners. This even before an inquiry was launched.
Now we face a new raft of gun laws that seek to further restrict lawful ownership but do nothing to address the real problem which is that of guns in the hands of criminals.
These new laws will kill off shooting as a sport if left unchallenged!
We had planned to talk about the new Arms Legislation Bill 2019 but it is all now too late.
Once again the government has pulled the plug on reasonable discussion and debate by allowing only 28 days for submissions on this Bill (they closed on 23 October).
The government’s intention is to pass this Bill before the anniversary of the 15 March terrorist attack. If you are one of the small (1%) percentage of licensed firearm owners who kept yourself informed, wrote letters or talked to MPs, made a submission on this Bill, and/or contributed to the Fair & Reasonable Campaign organized by COLFO, we thank you whole-heartedly. Both SSANZ and COLFO members have received frequent communications in relation to this and played a valuable part.
If on the other hand you are one of the vast majority of licensed firearm owners who sat quietly by and did nothing, then you deserve all the hassle and grief that this Bill will heap upon you as a law abiding shooter. However it is not too late – you can still write letters or talked to MPs, take part in a protest rally and/or contribute to the Fair & Reasonable Campaign before the final vote is taken in parliament next February.
Make your voice count...
The Amnesty Clock is ticking
If you intend to keep any prohibited firearms, magazines or parts you need to apply for a P endorsement NOW. If you don’t have a necessary P endorsement by the time the amnesty finishes on 20 December you will be in breach of the law and liable for prosecution.
Here we are, at the time of writing, five months after the law change and three months gone already of the six month amnesty and still many firearm owners do not fully understand how they are affected. Added to that Police have only just published details of how and by whom guns may be modified in order to comply, and which dealers will be contracted to collect banned firearms.
“Here we are, at the time of writing, five months after the law change and three months gone already of the six month amnesty and still many firearm owners do not fully understand how they are affected.”
Police are also still updating their list of compensation values. Many pest control operators are still waiting for endorsements to use semi-automatics in order to efficiently undertake their work.
It begs the question – has the government proceeded in too much haste and can the Police cope with all this additional administrative work and still efficiently carry out their normal duties?
Having banned the use and sale of semi-automatics with their Order in Council any sensible government would have taken the time to carefully consider the necessary legislation and given Police time to prepare for collecting banned firearms.
As it is, they rushed through poorly considered legislation and lumbered the ill-prepared Police with making up the rules as they went along. No wonder there is so much resentment and confusion in the firearm community, leading to the likelihood of poor compliance with the confiscation process.
“Having banned the use and sale of semi-automatics with their Order in Council any sensible government would have taken the time to carefully consider the necessary legislation and given Police time to prepare for collecting banned firearms. ”
It is not hard to understand the government’s haste. It was all about seizing the moment of public shock and emotion following the attack and allowing our PM to make a name for herself on the world stage as a decisive leader. Unfortunately for her it has convinced many kiwis that her coalition is not fit to govern.
Fair and Reasonable Campaign
SSANZ fully supports COLFO’s campaign and has donated $10,000.
We encourage ALL licensed firearm owners to sign up. We see it as our best shot at achieving some positive outcomes for law abiding firearm owners.
Go to: www.fairandreasonable.co.nz to find out more, donate and subscribe to keep in touch with what is happening.
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