The Government introduced the Arms Legislation Bill in September 2019.
Written and oral submissions on the Bill have now closed, and we expect the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee to report back to Parliament in February 2020.
The Committee released an interim report in December that made three key recommendations:
- Requiring a reasonable notice for inspection
- That temporary transfers (less than 30 days) would not need to be added to the register
- Small and non-exclusive parts not integral to a firearm would not need to be registered
COLFO supports these recommendations as they demonstrate that the Committee is hearing the widespread opposition to the Bill. However they do not go far enough and we continuing to fight to ensure that the Bill does not pass in its current form.
On 10 February 2020 the Select Committee released its final report on the Bill.
We've broken the full COLFO submission into the various topics.
Changes to the Fit and Proper test (click here to download PDF)
Requirements on health practitioners (click here to download PDF)
Gun Registry (click here to download PDF)
Shooting Clubs and Ranges (click here to download PDF)
Firearms Advisory Group (click here to download PDF)
Dealers (click here to download PDF)
Possession of Ammunition (click to download PDF)
Import Permits (click to download PDF)
Increase in offences (click to download PDF)
Problems with the first Bill (click to download PDF)
The Parliamentary Debates (both the videos and transcripts) from the First Reading of the Bill are available here: https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/hansard-debates/rhr/combined/HansDeb_20190924_20190924_16