By Joe Ritchie Published Sept. New Zealand slipped slightly in August.
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New firearms safety training programme for first-time firearms licence applicants [12 Apr ] Police is looking forward to providing an enhanced firearms safety training programme that has both a theory and practical component.
Following the Government procurement process, Police has signed a two-year trial programme contract with the Mountain Safety Council to provide firearms safety practical training on behalf of Police.
New Zealand is indebted to their tireless work to improve firearms safety. The enhanced programme has a theory component that must be passed and a practical component where the applicant must achieve a required standard.
More information on how the theory and practical components will be delivered will be released in May. Police require all licence applicants new or renewal to have approved security in place at their residence.
Every firearms licence is subject to the conditions relating to security precautions set out in regulation Firearms permit services update [30 Jan 18] Police has been working towards centralising all firearms permit services to the Arms Act Service Delivery Group based at Police National Head Quarters, in order to provide a consistent and standardised level of service.
We are now administering more firearms importation permit requests at headquarters. We also intend to move towards having an online permit application process running alongside the current paper process. We will provide updates as this work progresses. Change to requirements for airguns purchases [24 Jan ] Police mail order guidelines for form S.
After feedback from the public, Police has reviewed this requirement and found it is not a requirement of the Arms Act. Therefore, Police has now amended the policy to remove this requirement and updated all relevant documentation. Changes effective from 24 January Form S.
This gap is now being addressed by Police and the fix will be in place by 25 February Arrangements for bringing firearms through Auckland International Airport New arrangements are in place for people who wish to bring firearms through Auckland International Airport.
Following consultation with airlines, ground handling contractors and Police partner agencies, it has been agreed that a new, consistent process should be in place to increase security. From this month, firearms coming into the airport will be uplifted by ground handlers who will then place them in a secured cabinet situated between baggage carousels 3 and 4.
The person bringing the firearms into the country will then be required to contact Airport Police and complete the paperwork required to bring the firearm into New Zealand before proceeding to Customs.
The new arrangements will apply to New Zealanders returning with firearms as well as people visiting from overseas.
History of firearms regulation in New Zealand The regulation of firearms and firearm owners in New Zealand dates back more than years.
Consultation - Secure storage requirements for firearm licence holders: Police policy and practice New Zealand Police is seeking feedback on two versions of a draft document regarding the secure storage requirements for firearm licence holders.
The two draft documents differ slightly in a couple of key areas, with the November version providing more detail about when different security options will be acceptable. Those wishing to provide feedback are encouraged to read both documents and to make clear which document their comments relate to.
Feedback is to be provided to secure-storage-firearms police. In November , a firearms community member of FCAF raised concerns about the inconsistent methods used to secure firearms and suggested that the forum could assist Police and firearms licence holders by considering future standards for the practical storage of firearms and ammunition.
NZ Police also wished to ensure there are processes and guidance to encourage reliable security of firearms to increase safety within the firearms community and for the general public and to minimise opportunities for firearms to enter the illicit armoury.
In April a security sub-committee was established as a standing committee of FCAF, and produced an April draft. In November a second draft was produced.
Feedback is now being invited on these two draft documents. Feedback is to be provided by 1 December.
It is intended to have a final document by mid-December There have been recent burglaries where firearms were taken but almost none of the serial numbers had been recorded. This makes it a lot harder for Police to reunite the owners with their property if it is later recovered.
We also encourage people to record these details for other valuable items, such as TVs and stereos. There are numerous ways this information can be recorded, ranging from simply writing it down to using online facilities such as SNAP.
What Police does with seized and surrendered firearms Please review the following short Facebook clip to get an understanding of what Police does with seized and surrendered firearms.
If any member of the public has any firearms they would like to surrender to Police, please contact your local station to make surrender arrangements.
If you decide to go to a station make sure the firearms are in a carry case to prevent any cause for alarm or concern for Police staff or members of the public. View the clip on the Counties Manukau Facebook page Trade Me licence checks Police has been working with Trade Me to confirm that people who are buying or intending to buy firearms through the site hold a current firearms licence.
The Privacy Commissioner has considered this process and found that it raises no concerns under the Privacy Act. This process does not replace existing legal requirements for sellers to ensure that the purchaser holds a firearms licence.
Before supplying the firearm to the new purchaser, sellers must sight the firearms licence of the buyer or receive a mail order form signed by Police confirming the buyer holds a valid firearms licence. Police would like to acknowledge the work Trade Me is doing to help prevent people who do not have a valid firearms licence from buying or selling firearms.
Police will look to make this system available to other sites and businesses that are selling or facilitating the sale of firearms via the internet.
Secure storage of firearms Inspection of secure firearms storage provisions is a key factor to enable Police to be satisfied that a person is fit and proper to have a firearms licence irrespective of whether the application is for a first time licence, renewal or endorsement.
If for any reason inspection cannot be achieved it is likely that a licence or endorsement will not be issued.
This new Group will report directly to the Police Executive and be focused on improving administrative efficiency and strengthening communications and consultative processes. It will take some time to get this group fully functioning. In the interim the work already in progress will continue, and we will continue to consult with the Forum as an important conduit between Police and the firearms community.