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SSANZ Newsletter Nov 2020

By Phil Cregeen, SSANZ

While it may seem that the F&R campaign has come to an end with draconian laws now passed to restrict the use and ownership of firearms, the battle is not over, there is still much work to be done.

 

Not least is ensuring that the regulations drafted by Police to implement the practicalities of the law changes are fair and reasonable in their application.

 

Hold government agencies to account when the Royal Commission of Inquiry report is published, in particular the actions of Police in granting Tarrant his firearm licence.

 

“These issues affect ALL licensed firearm owners and cannot be ignored or within a decade or so there will be no hunting, shooting or firearm ownership in New Zealand for you or your children to enjoy.”

 

And oppose any further legislative changes that an over zealous anti firearm government may aspire to, including imposing higher fees for licenses and permits as part of cost recovery. Much of this work goes on out of the public eye but it still needs funding for professional services such as legal and PR advice.

 

These issues affect ALL licensed firearm owners and cannot be ignored or within a decade or so there will be no hunting, shooting or firearm ownership in New Zealand for you or your children to enjoy.

 

If you are one of the many followers of F&R campaign who have yet to donate to the cause please consider making a donation now.

 

www.fairandreasonable.co.nz

 

ROYAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUE MASSACRE

This report is due to be submitted to government by 26 November. For security reasons we expect some of the report to be withheld from public view, however the public has a right to know the circumstances around the actions of police that allowed the terrorist Brenton Tarrant to obtain a firearm licence and subsequently purchase his weapons.

 

We strongly suspect that police are already well aware of their failings in this regard.

 

NEW MULTI-PAGE LICENCE APPLICATION FORM

We are aware that Police plan to trial a new form on people applying for a first time firearm licence. This is a multi-page document (35 pages) that asks more in depth questions.

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However, we are advised that the material gathered is what is normally obtained in the vetting process, and will therefore speed up the whole process.

 

While many may view this new application form as an imposition, COLFOs view is that if it makes the vetting process more robust it will enhance the fit and proper status of LFOs. The last thing the firearm community needs is flaky people being granted a licence through poor vetting.

 

PRIORITISING OUR WORK

People who experience issues with matters relating to their ownership of firearms frequently bring them to COLFO in the expectation that they will receive our assistance in resolving the issue.

 

That is good because we need to understand these issues as they arise, however it is important that you understand that our resources are limited and that priority will be given to those matters that impact the greater number of people.

 

NEW POLICE MINISTER POTO WILLIAMS MP SPEAKS OUT

Following a second incident in Northland where shots were fired at a police patrol the new Minister of Police had this to say: As Minister of Police, I will continue the work begun in the last term of Parliament which had one overriding objective - to stop firearms falling into the wrong hands.

 

The former minister signalled a couple of pieces of work which are yet to come back to Cabinet. These relate to reforms to the system of firearms licensing and administration; and a response to the public discussion document on Firearms Prohibition Orders.

 

“Newly elected MP Nicole McKee told the audience at a party meeting that Act would be holding the government to account on firearm related matters, and would continue to campaign for sensible firearm laws, but warned that change could not happen quickly.”

 

These are important matters and I will be taking some time to ensure Cabinet gets the best advice. At this stage, there is no fixed time frame for when those decisions are likely to be made. The delayed election has pushed out previous timeframes.

 

COLFO has sought to meet with Minister Williams to discuss firearm issues.

 

Newly elected MP Nicole McKee told the audience at a party meeting that Act would be holding the government to account on firearm related matters, and would continue to campaign for sensible firearm laws, but warned that change could not happen quickly.

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HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT JOINING AN ASSOCIATION?

Whatever your firearm interests there is a national association that caters especially for your needs. These organisations are great at advocating on your behalf in time of need and are made up of people who share your interests and concerns and will keep you informed.

 

Being part of a group of likeminded people allows you to understand what is normal and what is abnormal.

 

KEEP YOUR FIREARMS STORED SAFELY AND SECURELY

Police have updated their guidance on firearm storage following the recent law changes, read more here:

 

www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/firearms-and-safety/firearms-safety/firearms-storage

 

From the Chair and Board of COLFO we wish you a safe and happy festive season.

 

Merry Christmas!

 

Phil Cregeen

SSANZ Sec.

www.sportingshooters.nz

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