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Firearm legislation passes final reading

Police Minister Stuart Nash. Photo: Stuff.

The government has pushed through its second tranche of firearms changes promised in the wake of last year's Christchurch shootings.

The legislation passed its third and final reading this afternoon with the support of Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens.

It paves the way for a gun register and a warning system to show if a licence holder is a fit and proper person. 

Police Minister Stuart Nash says the new law is designed to stop firearms falling into the wrong hands.

Nash says today marks an historic milestone for community safety.

Last year, a law making most semi-automatic firearms illegal passed with near-unanimous political support in the wake of the mosque attacks that left 51 people dead.

The second tranche of law reform had divided Parliament and time had been running out to get it through the House before the election.

However after months of negotiation with New Zealand First, Police Minister Stuart Nash got the numbers to progress the reforms.

The changes include loosened restrictions for farmers wanting to use prohibited firearms for pest control and the establishment of an independent entity to take over firearms licensing and administration.

New Zealand First MP Ron Mark had been doing much of the negotiating and said his party pushed as far as it could to make changes to the bill.

"It is no secret New Zealand First has been a very strong supporter of responsible firearms owners for a very long time, but you know 51 people are dead, 50 people have had their lives changed irreversibly," he told RNZ earlier in the week.

National Party police spokesperson Brett Hudson this week said gang members who committed firearms offences weren't licensed, so it was "pure tripe" that the bill would keep guns out of their hands.

Hudson criticised the conditions required for farmers to be allowed to use prohibited firearms for pest control.

RNZ

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Posted on 19-06-2020 14:55 | By

Yet you want to legalise cannabis . . .

agree

Posted on 19-06-2020 10:08 | By hapukafin

dumbkof ,you took the words out of my mouth

@ Lyrch

Posted on 19-06-2020 09:44 | By

Spot on right. Agree with you totally. The other change needs to be that at present any sentence 3yes and under is automatically halved and these morons know that and they know generally they’re only get hit with a wet bus ticket giving them a chance to attend the university of crime with fully paid accommodation and meals. However, in saying that, the Police are doing a great job of ramping up seizing assets of crime.

REALLY !!

Posted on 18-06-2020 23:03 | By The Caveman

Police Minister Stuart Nash says the new law is designed to stop firearms falling into the wrong hands. SORRY as media reports clearly show those that want the guns and should not have them - ALREADY HAVE THEM !!! And as for " New Zealand First MP Ron Mark had been doing much of the negotiating and said his party pushed as far as it could to make changes to the bill." Simple really, NO YES VOTE would have been enough !!

Concurrent

Posted on 18-06-2020 18:27 | By Lyrch

Unfortunately in NZ the criminal element that use unlicensed guns will serve this so called “extra” punishment concurrently so it’s not going to make a hell of a lot of difference to their time served. Maybe if gun crime was tacked on to the sentence separately, then it may been worth the governments effort.

guns

Posted on 18-06-2020 18:12 | By dumbkof2

these gun laws wont stop the bad guys from getting guns. gun incidents have increased since jacinda brought in this knee jerk reaction