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SSANZ Update: Arms Legislation Bill is back on the agenda

By Phil Cregeen, SSANZ

It was heartening to see so many Kiwis standing together (2m apart) at the end of their drives at dawn yesterday, so good to know that the ANZAC spirit is alive and well in these trying times.

 

As we move to Covid Level 3 on Tuesday 28th Parliament resumes “normal” business, we note that the Arms Legislation Bill is placed at No 9 on the order of business. It will be interesting to see how quickly it moves to the top of the list.

 

There is still time to write to your MP about your concerns, especially NZ First, who have the ability to stop this Bill if they so choose.

 

It is over two weeks since we wrote to Police Minister Stuart Nash asking for a 6 month extension to expiring firearm licences during Covid-19 shut down, we have received no reply.

 

“While on the subject of the polices ability to cope, if they cannot manage to deal with licence renewals efficiently during this Covid crisis, how will they manage the additional work of registering all firearms, clubs and ranges and the additional permits required for that, resulting from the Arms Legislation Bill?”

 

We note that in Canada the RCMP have granted extensions for expiring licences, so why is it so difficult for NZ police? This is something you could also put in your communications with MPs.

 

While on the subject of the polices ability to cope, if they cannot manage to deal with licence renewals efficiently during this Covid crisis, how will they manage the additional work of registering all firearms, clubs and ranges and the additional permits required for that, resulting from the Arms Legislation Bill?

 

Your SSANZ Committee will be re doubling their efforts on the above matters, but your contribution is just as important.

 

As LFOs we are all well aware of the less than truthful statements made by our PM and other influential people, are we now getting the same treatment over Covid 19?

 

www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/121206976/prime-minister-needs-to-be-held-to-account-over-coronavirus-claims

 

Enjoy the rest of you long weekend, or the end of your confinement if you are allowed back to work in Level 3.

 

Best regards,

 

Phil Cregeen

SSANZ Sec.

www.sportingshooters.nz

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