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COLFO’S FULL ANALYSIS OF THE LAW AND ORDER SELECT COMMITTEE’S REPORT


Summary

The Law and Order Report (“the report”) does not meet the terms of reference for which it was set up to answer. Instead, virtually without exception, it makes recommendations that target only legal possession of firearms and creates solutions that are unworkable, expensive, impracticable and will make no difference to criminal firearm misuse. 

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The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners represents the interests of firearms owners and is the largest voluntary shooting-related organisation in New Zealand.

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ARMS (PROHIBITION ON SHORTENED FIREARMS) AMENDMENT BILL


Alastair Scott, National MP for Wairarapa, you have recently released your draft member’s Bill for consultation entitled ‘Arms (Prohibition on Shortened Firearms) Amendment Bill’. COLFO has received substantial correspondence from its member organisations and concerned individuals regarding this Bill. Having now reviewed the draft Bill, COLFO is of the position that the Bill is inappropriate and will have a significant adverse effect on law abiding licensed firearms owners. Additionally, COLFO cannot see how NZ Police can service the administration requirements of the proposed law given they are already operating on a tightly constrained budget. Nor does COLFO see the community’s reliance on NZ Police for issuing permits to be conducive to strong relations given current problems being experienced. Accordingly, COLFO sternly opposes this Bill.

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Colfo News - Issue 4 2018


Importing Parts for Semi Autos

Centralising the processing of import permit applications at PNHQ in Wellington has resulted in a faster and more consistent process. However importers are now finding that their applications to import semi auto parts, particularly for AR15, for resale or stock are being declined because police claim these parts can be used for either A cat firearms or MSSAs. A special reason is required to import MSSA parts and police do not consider resale or stock to be a special reason.
This has resulted in a number of dealers contemplating legal action against the police and uproar on social media from fans of the AR 15. At the July FCAF meeting COLFO along with others asked the police to produce a clear guide for importers to follow in order to achieve a successful application. Meanwhile COLFO is looking at all options to resolve this issue.

To put the above in perspective it should be noted that in May and June out of a total of 588 import applications 20 were declined.

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