Yesterday the licensed firearm community became aware of a new policy implemented by Police HQ. This policy effectively only allows the import of AR15’s as MSSA’s. All AR15 parts for import are considered MSSA parts. Many of you are now experiencing confiscation of the parts you have imported.
Last year Mike Rusbatch from NZ Police stated – “Police has not changed its policy or approach regarding the classification of MSSAs.” This has since proven to be a misleading statement to the firearms community. See our post here:
We then reported on the first parts being seized by customs:
Last week we started to hear of all imports of these firearms and parts being stopped via the import permit process. We have attached a sample notice received.
CAN POLICE DO THIS?
The law is very clear about what constitutes an MSSA. A semi automatic firearm must have 1 or more features as defined in the act. Section 74A of the act does allow the Governor General (not the police) to declare a part or type of semi automatic gun as MSSA.
WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?
It looks like police have assumed powers reserved for the Governor General to declare a type of Firearm as MSSA. This has been implemented through policy where police are declining import permits for A Category AR15’s, AR10’s and presumably other semi autos such as AKs. Because Police have declared these types of firearms as MSSA, dealers are not able to import parts for stock and individuals are not able to private import parts unless police approve their reason for doing so.
WHAT ABOUT THE MINISTER OF POLICE?
Stuart Nash MP as the incoming minister was briefed by police late last year. Item 34 of the briefing stated “Police has moved to limit this importing activity by determining that these parts must be considered as MSSA parts. However, this approach by Police is subject to legal challenge.”
We have asked Stuart Nash for comment. He is currently investigating and we haven’t heard back. We would like the National Party police spokesperson Chris Bishop to comment on this as well as Ron Mark – NZ First MP who firearm owners elected based on their firearm policy. COLFO may also like to comment on this untenable situation.
I HAVE HAD PARTS SEIZED AT CUSTOMS – WHAT CAN I DO?
We recommend contacting a lawyer. At this stage we can confirm Richard Lincoln’s firm has started legal representation for importers. Nick Taylor is rumored to be involved with an importer too. Richard can be contacted on 021 152 5527 and Nick on 021 362 123. By joining an existing legal action costs can be shared. We recommend anyone who is affected by this new policy to get in touch with one of these lawyers.
FOUNZ sees this as a serious democratic issue. Police have completely circumvented due process. In a democracy you are entitled to participate in the law making process. That is no longer the case.
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