The NZ Police have attempted to add their “wish list” new policy instead of abiding by what is required by the exiting Arms Act and Regulations.
Stuart Nash Minister of Police said his number one statement to Police was to fix the relationship between the Police and firearm users. He has asked for a further advice on the findings of the Select Committee Inquiry into Illegal Firearms and will consider this before making any decision on how this should proceed.
It has been pointed out to Police in the strongest terms that their attempt to introduce new policies in relation to the secure storage of firearms through a revised POL67N is unlawful and contradicts the current Arms Act and Regulation.
Police National Headquarters released information on what the New Zealand Firearms Licensing regime will look like in the future. They sent it out to potential service providers who had previously indicated their interest at the start of the tender process last year.
The key points are: • An applicant applying for their firearms licence for the first time will need to complete their firearms safety education online. • They will then have to attend at a Government agency to complete an online test based on what they downloaded and learned online. • Next they will have to attend a 2 hour practical firearms handling course with instructors at a central location, reduced in number to only a third of the locations currently offering the theory instruction. The practical does NOT include live firing. COLFO expects that the applicant will need to demonstrate some sort of competency in safe handling of the firearms given to them to handle. • Once both the theory and practical are successfully completed, the applicant can then move on with the security check and required interviews of themselves and their referees. • People without internet access will need to get someone else to download and possibly print the relevant information for them. • Arms Codes will still be available from Police Stations. • It is suggested that the Whakatūpato programme which currently delivers a full day firearms safety and licensing opportunities course will extend into areas where communities are isolated – allowing a face to face instruction of both theory, practical and testing.
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