URGENT CALL TO ACTION
Own a shotgun shortened for pig hunting? Or a “bush pig” bolt action for bush hunting? Want to keep it? Read this.
National Party MP Alastair Scott MP has teamed up with police to introduce an amendment to the arms act, in an attempt to tackle the scourge of sawn off shotguns and rifles favored by New Zealand criminals. And following a familiar pattern, have completely missed criminals and targeted licensed owners instead.
If the private members bill goes ahead with the current wording, you will have a month to hand in your shortened firearms for destruction, or obtain a permit from police with a “special reason” for wanting to own it, or sell it to an approved person, or export it from New Zealand, or keep it and face up to 5 years in prison.
And this is supposed to stop criminals from illegally modifying already illegal firearms?
We cannot emphasize enough how poorly written this draft amendment is and the potential ramifications for every day license holders. Want to shorten your rifle to make it more manageable with a suppressor? Or cut the barrel and recrown? Or add a stock which can shorten the overall length? Taking this as it’s written, you’ll need a special reason. It does not even mention the 762mm overall length requirement, merely shortened firearms, which is unacceptably open to interpretation – and abuse. It adds further confusion to what is and isn’t a “pistol”.
The permitting and “special reason” concept implies that there would be a new class of firearm created, similar to B,C and E category. So how would this effect shooters with regards to security requirements for these firearms, and the use and possession of them by friends and family with licenses? All of which would do nothing to stop criminals from modifying illegal firearms.
With the wet bus ticket approach that our judiciary takes toward firearm offenses, what is the point of more laws on the books for criminals to ignore? Our judges barely use the full extent of sentancing on offenders as it is.
FOUNZ urges all shooters to contact the National Party and your local MP’s now to raise your concerns before this gains too much momentum.
Our politicians just don’t get it.
Click the image below to see the proposed amendment.