MEDIA RELEASES

This page will be updated as information comes to hand.

Welcome All

This page will include any media releases plus links for further information.

If you have had other questions directed your way, send them through to the PNZ President or Executive Officer and we will do our best to answer them or have them answered for us.

PROHIBITED FIREARMS AND PARTS BUYBACK PRICE LIST

12th November 2019

Dear Supporter,

First legal claim now filed and served

Thanks to the support of thousands of New Zealanders like you, COLFO has asked the High Court to review Police Minister Stuart Nash's regulations banning certain ammunition and providing no compensation for surrendered ammunition.

You can read COLFO’s statement to the media here, and the Statement of Claim for Judicial Review here.

What this claim covers

In short, our claim is that the Minister’s decision to ban certain types of ammunition was unlawful.  He is wrong to have considered that the banned ammo types had no valid civilian use and were of any higher risk than other types of ammunition.

We have asked the Court for orders that the decision not to compensate for newly banned ammunition was wrong on the basis that:          

(1) it does not promote the objects of the Arms Act; and

(2) is contrary to the general legal principle that, if government powers are used to deprive lawful owners of property rights, they are entitled to proper compensation.

Why the focus on the ammo – what about compensation for firearms?

The key principle is that licenced firearms owners ought to be fairly compensated for changes in regulations.  To establish this principle, we have chosen the strongest case first, where the mistakes and wrongfulness are stark, and won’t be bogged down by disputes and competing evidence on valuations (as it would be if we were to challenge the Government’s price schedule for the buy-back in first instance).

Our lawyers are of a firm view that the best way to attack the low levels of compensation for the current buyback is to establish the precedent that fair compensation is essential in order for the Government to achieve the objects under the Arms Act.

COLFO’s view is that the very low levels of firearms being handed-in to the Police is primarily because the Government is trying to be stingy with the price paid.  By establishing that the Government’s decision not to compensate owners of ammo at all is both unlawful and counter-productive in achieving what the law is intended to achieve, we will be on a much better footing to force the Government to re-look at the whole compensation regime.

It is worth remembering too that the majority of the newly banned ammo was purchased directly from the Government (such as expired Defence Force stock).  That makes the lack of compensation even more unreasonable.

What comes next?

We will let you know as soon as we have a date to fight this in court.

This is the first set of proceedings and is focused on the compensation arrangements.  In the context of our fight against the proposed firearms register, and the possibility of yet another tranche of law changes, it is absolutely essential we get this right and set the precedent so if the Government move to ban even more types of arms, at least fair and reasonable compensation is actually paid.

Using the June law changes rushed through Parliament, the Police Minister could ban certain firearm types by the back door (avoiding Parliament altogether).  If they get away with banning ammo or accessories without paying compensation, who's to say what the Minister will ban next?  For example, banning ammo calibres would render whole classes of firearms totally unusable in New Zealand with no compensation.

I will email you soon with more information about our fight on the firearms register, and why we fear it is the first step to more types of firearms being banned.

In the meantime, thank you for your support.

Kind regards

Nicole McKee

7th November 2019

Good morning team,

Below is the link to this year’s Trust and Confidence Survey.  We would be grateful if you would distribute the survey link to your membership to complete. We will close the survey on Monday and begin analysing results.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JVMKMN3

Thank you once again for your continued support.

Kind regards

Nicole McKee

24th October 2019

I spent most of yesterday listening to the first day of public hearings by the Parliamentary Select Committee considering the Arms Legislation Bill.

In summary, the firearms community put their best foot forward: those who spoke presented as normal people from all walks of life, rationally revealing all the flaws in the bill.

The Committee heard from representatives of groups including the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association and Fish & Game Council, through to others such as the Police Association, Gun Control NZ and the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand. You can view a video of the Select Committee hearings here.

David Seymour (ACT), Andrew Bayley and Brett Hudson (National), Kiritapu Allan (Labour) and Clayton Mitchell (NZ First) deserve credit for plainly having got themselves up to speed, and asking penetrating questions.

But, the Committee’s Chair (Dr Deborah Russell – Labour) was revealing. Even when a majority of the committee supported a request for time for more questions, they were over-ridden by the Chair.

Our lawyers tell us that it’s unusual. There is a strong expectation that Select Committee Chairs reflect the will of a majority, on procedures. We read it as a determination by the Chair to do what she’s likely been told, and ram this Bill through with the minimum time they can get away with for consultation. From seeing the members at work, however, we think they might insist on enough time to get all the information they need.

What was said on day one

All submitters agreed that Brenton Tarrant should never have received a firearms licence. In fact, even our opponents appear on our page that more personalised interviewing and screening of firearms licence applicants is needed, rather the impersonal and bureaucratic tick-box exercises.

All firearm community submitters were against the firearms register on principle, but also because of the practical difficulties and costs. For example, as the Bill is drafted, every owner will have to update the register whenever a firearm is moved from one location to another.

The Law Society’s submission dispassionately highlighted many of the inconsistencies in the Bill. One that particularly drew the Committee’s attention was the great difference in penalty between presenting a firearm at another person (up to 6 months imprisonment, or fine not exceeding $10,000) and carrying an unregistered (illegal) firearm (up to 5 years imprisonment).

When it came time for Gun Control NZ to submit, things sometimes got a bit tetchy. In a bizarre exchange, Dr Hera Cook (from Gun Control NZ) said that the Government needs to begin taking firearms off people over 50-years old due to their “cognitive decline”.

It’s fair to say she didn’t make any friends on the Committee with that comment. I encourage you to watch the exchange with NZ First MP Clayton Mitchell here (scroll forward to 1 hour 52 minutes).

COLFO’s submission

The first day demonstrated the challenge of short hearings. COLFO opted not to present today, so we can (hopefully) provide more detail and evidence against the Bill at a later hearing.

Thank you for your continued support.

Michael Dowling
Chairman
Council of Licenced Firearms Owners
(on behalf of the Fair and Reasonable Campaign)

18th September 2019

Dear Friend, 

On Friday afternoon Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Police Minister Stuart Nash introduced to Parliament the latest round of firearms legislation changes. As our lawyers work through the finer detail, a new campaign has just launched with the aim to dramatically increase the restrictions on licensed firearms owners like you.

According to the lobby group’s website “Gun Control NZ”’ are pushing the Government to:

  1. extend the ban on semi-automatic firearms to all semi-automatic .22s (even those that hold 10 round or less); and
  2. extend the ban on semi-automatic firearms to all semi-automatic shotguns (even those that hold 5 rounds or less).

In short, this group is campaigning to ban all duck shooting involving semi-autos. We say that is a step too far.

Even for those who can show a genuine need for these firearms (such as farmworkers, or clay target shooters with a disability) the group want to limit ownership to one shotgun or one rifle in this category!

The group’s primary spokesperson is an Otago University ‘public health’ academic with a background in campaigning. It is also backed by ‘ActionStation’ a government-funded political group with links to the Labour and Green Parties, it is clear that anti-firearms zealots are going to try to use the horrific events in Christchurch 6-months ago and the Government's Bill, as a trojan horse to further their ideological opposition to responsible use and enjoyment of firearms. That’s why we are asking firearms owners like you to chip-in to make sure we can continue to fight back.

Will you ensure there is a balanced debate and prevent the Government curtailing to those wanting to dramatically widen the scope of the proposed new round of law changes?

Your confidential donation via our secure website will ensure we can fight back.

Click here to support the cause.

Thank you for your support to ensure the voices of responsible, law-abiding users of firearms are heard.

Nicole McKee
Fair and Reasonable Campaign
www.fairandreasonable.co.nz

12th September 2019

Dear Supporter,

The current firearms law reform is being pushed through by the Government as a direct result of the horrific events that occurred in Christchurch six months ago.

Right now, a Royal Commission is looking into the events, and what lessons can be learned.  The Commission has a mandate to make significant recommendations to the Government which may include even more law changes, restrictions and bans that affect you as a firearms owner.  We are worried that a number of groups will try to simplify the issue, blame firearms, and call on further bans and restrictions.

Earlier today we publicly released the submission made by the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners

At the bottom of this email is a copy of our media release linking to the text of the lengthy submission.

In short, we submit that a key failing was the Police’s lack of prudence in their assessment of Brendan Tarrant as a ‘fit and proper’ person to own firearms.

We argue that rather than new laws to ban firearms, or further regulation of the fit and proper test, the Police (or another suitable agency) should be properly resourced enabling them to focus on ensuring good administration of the Arms Act.  We suggested that administration and vetting changes implemented post-2015 have potentially made passing the Police vetting significantly easier.

We have drafted a customisable submission template for you to send the Commission – it only takes a few minutes to ensure your voice as a responsible firearms owner is heard.

Ideally, we would like to highlight for the Commissioners the difficulty in passing Police vetting prior to 2015, and compare that to the relaxed processes Police have used since then (and what we understand enabled Brenton Tarrant to get a firearms licence, despite clear warning signs that he should not have been assessed as meeting the ‘fit and proper’ test).

> Click here to make a submission to the Royal Commission <

Our lawyers have advised us that the Commission will not publicly release submissions or personal details of submitters and all information will be stored on a secure database. Similarly, we will hold your information in the strictest confidence.

So please take a moment to use the online submission tool our team has created to ensure the Royal Commission is left in no doubt that responsible firearms owners like you share an interest in a safer New Zealand, but that it is unlikely to be achieved by further crackdowns on the enjoyment of firearms-based hobbies by law-abiding firearms owners.

Nicole McKee
Fair and Reasonable Campaign
www.fairandreasonable.co.nz

29th August 2019

Dear Supporter,

Leaked draft of next round of law changes

On Tuesday the National Party went public on what it claims is a leaked copy of the Government's draft legislation detailing the next round of firearms law reforms.

We have also obtained a copy of the draft Bill, the details of which are best summarised in the NZ Herald coverage here, and in the One News story Nicole appeared in on Tuesday night.

At first take, new measures such as the dramatic increases in penalties for existing offences, defy logic. For example, the maximum fines for any breach of licence requirements will go from $5,000 up to $20,000. Failing to produce a firearm when the Police ask for it, will see a maximum fine increase from $1,000 to $10,000.

It reminds me of what Peter King wrote in 2010 in the AA Directions magazine on the psychology behind road design: "the crudest form of behaviour modification is punishment. (Fines) work to some extent but not on everyone. The best way to change behaviour is to change environments."

This Government is changing the environment for the worse.

Currently, the Police vet firearms licence applicants to determine if they are fit and proper. In doing so they must confirm that potential licence holders have demonstrated that they are trustworthy and responsible. This is, for example, reflected in the number and nature of any convictions for breaches of the law in the past.

The Government has not provided any evidence that the existing level of fines has resulted in firearm owners ignoring the requirements. Instead, they are potentially introducing escalated fines to imply there is a problem and imply that firearm owners are no better than common criminals.

Rather than offering a fair price in the buyback to encourage the right behaviour, the Government appears intent on vilifying and undermining the reputation of licensed firearm owners in an effort to save money in their program of confiscation.

Police Minister Stuart Nash, while not confirming the leaked proposals are accurate, told One News that reform is "about keeping our community safe".

But if the Government really wants to keep Kiwis safe it won’t look at more ways to punish law-abiding, responsible firearms owners, it will look at ways of removing firearms from the people who are the real problem – the crooks.

The proposed changes also 'clampdown' on gun clubs. But gun clubs and ranges are places where those interested in firearms can go to safely enjoy the use of our legal firearms. The proposals the Government is pushing are likely to drive people from ranges to where safety protocols may not be as high. These changes have the potential to reduce the number of ranges, when we should be increasing them to control and promote the right behaviour with firearms.

Firearm associations have worked hard for many decades, to build ranges and encourage club attendance, that ensure the right behaviours and safety practices are passed on to existing and new license holders. These changes have the potential to destroy that work in quick time driving shooting to back to an uncontrolled activity.

Thankfully, the Government has an opportunity to rethink its proposals. If safety really is the priority, they need to start again and work constructively with firearms owners, not against us.

Clarification about timing of registration of newly prohibited firearms

In April it had been indicated that there would be a cut off date of 30 September to register prohibited firearms with New Zealand Police. Our advice was taken from media reports rather than the legislation subsequently imposed later in June 2019.

We have now been advised that the registration of prohibited firearms ends when the amnesty ends on 20 December 2019. But what is concerning is that 30 September looms quickly upon us and there is a provision in the Regulations that requires ammunition to be registered by 30 September.

We are concerned that this advice has not been promoted within the firearms community and that compensation is not being offered for the confiscation of ammo. Ironically, a high proportion of this private property was actually purchased from Government sources meaning the Government were prepared to take our money to legally purchase this ammunition but are now not prepared to pay us back for it.

NZ Post issues

This week we attended a meeting with NZ Post, Police, NZ Customs and representatives from firearms retailers. NZ Post has been holding parcels and post relating to firearms parts since March 2019. Last week they released the post that was received by them from 15 March 2019 to 30 June 2019. They are still holding post received through them from 1 July 2019. The groups that attended yesterday’s meeting intend to support NZ Post and other transit companies to find solutions to distribution of the remaining held post and future postal mail. If you are someone affected, please let us know.

On the proposed firearms register

Finally in this update, in case you missed it, Nicole was on TV1's Breakfast explaining why a firearms register will not keep Kiwis safe. Click here or the image below to watch the interview.

Thank you for your support.

Michael Dowling
Chairman
Council of Licenced Firearms Owners
(on behalf of the Fair and Reasonable Campaign)

12th August 2019

Dear Supporter,

We’re hearing a wide variety of experiences of the police collection events.  While some owners found the process straight-forward, many others report hostility, and interrogation of people with parts and magazines.

In response to those concerns, we have today released two pieces of advice on our website covering:

  1. how to rigorously prepare for the event (if you choose that avenue), or
  2. information about waiting to hand in firearms until the alternatives to the Police-hosted events are announced.

Your property is being banned by the Government. You deserve maximum value. We advise how to do that within current rules, while we continue the campaign for better compensation.

You have done nothing wrong. The Police have previously vetted you as a fit and proper person to hold your firearms. We advise how to maintain your dignity and calm as you comply with the ban, while we continue the campaign against its hasty and ill-informed measures. 

You can read the advice on our website here.

Please let us know about your experience with the collection events.

Thank you for your support.

Michael Dowling
Chairman
Council of Licenced Firearms Owners
(on behalf of the Fair and Reasonable Campaign)

9th August 2019

Dear Supporter,

Thanks to the financial support from people like you, this week the Fair and Reasonable campaign appointed one of New Zealand's foremost litigators, Jack Hodder QC, to lead our class action against the Government on behalf of responsible firearms licence holders. 

Jack Hodder QC

Along with our solicitors, Jack has identified several potential class actions - and in the coming weeks we'll be able to tell you more about the legal steps which the team are currently hard at work on.

The Bill for the Government’s second round of amendments to the Arms Act is due to be published this month. While we have started work on the cases/legal avenues we have shortlisted, more potential actions may arise from the Bill.

Similarly though, we do not want to throw our limited financial resources to legal actions that are made moot by the Government's next round of law changes.  That’s why we have had to keep our powder dry.

We have a number of lawyers supporting the QC in strategy, Arms Act interpretation, researching, and implementation. The legislation was rushed but our team response has to be carefully formed to have the best impact.  If you're a lawyer, or able to assist with the effort, please let me know - we're doing as much as we can to make sure our limited funds go as far as possible to stand up for the cause, and hold the Government accountable.

Thank you again for your support of this effort for fair and reasonable firearms laws.

Michael Dowling
Chairman
Council of Licenced Firearms Owners
(on behalf of the Fair and Reasonable Campaign)

25th July 2019

Dear Supporter,

Since Monday’s announcement, we have had a lot of questions from supporters about details of the Government’s new round of firearms law changes.

Michael, other COLFO Board members and I are just out of a full-day "Firearms Community Advisory Forum" meeting where we were presented with Cabinet Minutes. We had the opportunity to quiz Police managers about the details contained in the Government's proposals.

During the afternoon, the Police published these Minutes on their website allowing us to take our relevant copies away. The Cabinet Minutes are effectively the instructions from the politicians to the officials who are drafting the Bill.

The Minutes contain more detail than the public announcements Michael sent through earlier in the week. For those interested in reading them, we have uploaded the Minutes to our website here.

We will be working through those details in the days to come – and have our eye out for the draft Bill which will be released next month. And of course, we can't rule out last-minute changes in Parliament or the Select Committee. 

Until then, thank you for your support and making this effort possible.


Nicole McKee
Fair and Reasonable Campaign
www.fairandreasonable.co.nz

22nd July 2019

Dear COLFO Members and Supporters,

At the end of the first week the COLFO Fair & Reasonable Campaign is going well www.fairandreasonable.co.nz , so a big thank you to all who have donated so far.

Please understand there is a lot of work involved with this, which goes on behind the scenes, that is keeping the COLFO Chair and Secretary fully engaged with the legal team and dealing with queries from media and others. Further work is being done to enhance the website and also provide all those who have contributed to the campaign with e-mail updates.  So if you want to know what is going on donate and sign up.  It is planned to send out an e-mail update to subscribers within a few days.

In the future we will move our email updates to only come from the Fair and Reasonable site, so make sure you are signed up.

See also the attached Ad for an exciting draw at this years’ Sika Show in support of the campaign.

Black market sales

We are aware that both gangs and Police are active in looking to buy prohibited firearms, do the right thing.

Buy Back Collection Events have started

We will leave you to draw your own conclusions:

Christchurch - A total of $1,022,599 has been compensated to firearms owners, and along with 542 firearms there was a total of 578 parts and accessories collected.

Waipu – Police acknowledge the 42 firearms owners who turned out yesterday, 17 July, in Waipu for the first rural buyback event in the country.

Provisional figures from the Waipu event saw 68 firearms and 122 parts and accessories handed in.

Contrary to rumours at the weekend we are advised that you can attend such an event more than once.

Before you rush off to drop of your guns and cash up, be advised that Police have yet to organise gunsmith to carry out modifications to your magazines,

engage dealers to act as collecting points or people to value high values items. Our advice is to wait until all these things are properly organised.

Following the first confiscation collection in Christchurch over the Weekend TV3 and NewsTalk ZB have been challenging how this confiscation from law abiding will actually make NZ safer. Police reaction has been to claim that firearms in the hands of criminals have all been stolen from firearms licence holders. These throw away glib statements might sound believable but actual evidence is needed otherwise the statements are nothing more than guess work. The good thing is that some media and politicians are asking for this evidence and not accepting 'I have no comment' or I'm a senior officer with lots of experience' as a reason for not providing the facts that are needed to support decisions to focus on law abiding people instead of criminal behaviour and or Police procedure. 

Remember, if people react to the real story about the firearms that have been included in this confiscation and the less than market compensation with disbelief and concern, ask them a very important question-What do you intend to do about it?

Michael Dowling

Chairman

Council of Licenced Firearms Owners

11th July 2019

Dear COLFO Members and Supporters,

The Fair and Reasonable Campaign https://www.fairandreasonable.co.nz/ got off to a fantastic start yesterday.  Thank you to all of you who signed up and donated.  Several people have asked that daily figures of the total sum donated be published, this information will only be published when it suits the overall strategy. Please continue to share widely with all your friends and family, both shooters and non shooters who believe the firearm community has been badly served by this government.

Applying for a “P” Endorsement for Prohibited Magazines Only

If you are application for a “P” endorsement is solely for the purpose of  retaining now “Prohibited magazines” for Restricted Weapons, I have been advised by the endorsement team at PNHQ [ ProhibitedFirearmEndorsement@police.govt.nz ] you do not need to complete the Section F question “Where do you propose to store the vital parts?”, simply write here: Magazines Only.

In the Media

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/394114/firearms-licence-vetting-needs-to-close-overseas-crimes-loophole-nz-gun-owners

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/07/gun-conversion-kits-not-in-the-spirit-of-the-law-gun-control-advocate.html  

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/114074824/multiple-failings-by-auckland-police-in-disappearance-of-nine-firearms

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/114102387/christchurch-mayor-calls-for-ban-on-expanding-bullets-designed-to-do-great-damage

Please continue to look out for your mates, who may be suffering from the stress and anxiety of this continuing saga.

Stay strong,

Michael Dowling

Chairman

Council of Licenced Firearms Owners 

10th July 2019

Dear Supporter,

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) has just launched a new campaign to fight against the Government ramming through reactive, and impractical firearms laws which penalise you as a responsible firearms owner.

The Fair and Reasonable Campaign is a coalition of firearms owners and stakeholders who are concerned as a result  of the rushed firearms legislation introduced by the Government in April.

But to be effective, we need your help.  Will you chip-in to the campaign for Fair and Reasonable gun laws?

We have launched our campaign website at www.fairandreasonable.co.nz which will develop as our campaign gains momentum.

Sign up now to receive updates at www.fairandreasonable.co.nz

Thank you for your support to ensure any changes to our firearms laws are Fair and Reasonable.

Yours sincerely

Michael Dowling

Chairman

Council of Licenced Firearms Owners 

PS. This campaign is totally crowdfunded, and without your help, we can’t fight for your rights as a responsible gun owner.  Donate now at www.fairandreasonable.co.nz/donate to make sure there is someone on your side in the coming firearms debates.

Fair and Reasonable Campaign Media Release

3rd July 2019

Dear COLFO Members and Supporters,

SHOULD YOU RUSH TO HAND IN YOUR FIREARMS?

Some of our members have expressed to us their safety concerns at attending “collection events”.  We encourage you to be mindful as well. Before handing in your now “Prohibited Firearms” think about which of the four hand-in options would better suit you, weigh up the pros and the cons:

  1. Handing in at the “Collection Events” – concerns have been expressed about exposure of yourself and your family to the lenses of the media, gangs or the curious public. Others are worried they may see their mug shot on the 6pm News, in the local paper, on Facebook or Instagram. Observers may take down your car number plate giving them the ability to trace you back to your home address. Armed Police will be in attendance and no doubt anti-gun protestors will also be there. A positive of this event is that you will leave with the knowledge of what your firearm has been valued at.
  2. Handing in to a Dealer – This has still not been finalised by Police. We expect that dealers should be able to advise you the value of your firearms at the time they are handed in, after all, they too are “experts”. It may be that Police will not let dealers advise you of the value of your firearm and you would be expected to hand it over and wait to be told its value at a later date, after its been destroyed. But we await details on this. If Police are not rushing, why should you?
  3. Handing in at a Police station – again, if there is a list of firearms prices and your handing in to your local Arms Officer then they should be “expert” enough to put a price on your handed in firearm. Handing in and then awaiting post demolition valuation isn’t encouraging. We await further information on this – but again, if Police are not rushing, why should you?
  4. Police collecting from your home – Police have advised they will attend at your home and collect 10 or more firearms. We would expect that one of their expert valuers will be on hand to value the firearms at the time of collection. We are still awaiting advice and final details on this. We’ll say it again, if Police are not rushing, why should you?

There are still unresolved issues around compensation and collection by dealers as well as modification of prohibited firearms and magazines. There are also further law changes to be announced. We remind you that bad publicity as a gun owner could affect your employment, social standing in your community and ability to travel overseas.

It is our place to advise you of what you need to do to comply with the law, regardless of whether you agree with how the changes were made or what the changes mean. We are still working on that for you in the background and will update you as we progress. In the meantime, keep looking after yourselves and your mates.

Mike Dowling - COLFO Chairman

1st July 2019

Good afternoon,

I have received a number of enquires in relation to firearm modifications through the buy-back scheme.

Police are currently designing the process for engaging gunsmiths approved to undertake this work, in accordance with the new firearm regulations.

As it stands, Police have not approved gunsmiths under this scheme. Once the appropriate process has been finalised, Police will release the details for gunsmiths to apply to be approved for the purposes of this scheme.  

Please tell your customers/networks to continue to store their firearms safely as we work through this process. I have spoken to several gunsmiths who are receiving firearms for modifications, even though they are not currently approved, which is causing issues for them. There is no guarantee that firearm owners will be reimbursed for modifications that have been completed before the details of this process have been announced.

We are well aware of the impacts of this and we are working to address this issue as quickly as possible. You will appreciate how important it is that we get this process right. Police would like to thank the firearms community for their patience as we work to get this process in place.

Many thanks

Morgan

INSPECTOR MORGAN GRAY

26th June

Good morning,

We have decided to put out a series of Vlogs (video blogs) to help assist the firearms community to understand the changes to legislation and the amnesty and buyback processes. These will focus on the commonly asked questions and will be updated frequently. Please forward these to your contacts and networks, they will also be published on our police website. I am happy for these to be posted on social media, I am well aware that I have a face for radio but feel privileged to assist the firearms community as much as I can with understanding the changes and what they need to do.

Many thanks

Morgan

INSPECTOR MORGAN GRAY

Download VLOG 1 from Morgan HERE

Download VLOG 2 from Morgan HERE

Dowload VLOG 3 (Christchurch venue details) HERE

Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement gave an interview on Radio NZ. It's about 12 minutes, Download HERE

24th June

Dear COLFO Members and Supporters,

Many licensed owners are now aware of the value placed on the Prohibited Firearms and Magazine that you own and the process for handing them in.  If not visit the Police website where you will find the details: https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/firearms-and-safety/changes-firearms-law-prohibited-firearms

For some of you the prices offered are fair and reasonable, for others they are far below what one should expect. For parts you only get 70% of their value even if brand new. There is no compensation for now redundant ammunition, reloading tools, accessories, security, safes and so on which is a gross injustice. Further, if you wish to retain any of the newly prohibited items you are required to apply for a NEW endorsement at a cost of $204.

COLFO is planning to take legal action, likely to be by way of a class action and will be seeking financial assistance from all licensed firearms owners. Legal action requires careful planning and cannot be rushed. There are more legislation changes on the horizon and we would be foolish to act now before the full portrait is complete and on show. There is a possibility that with enough funding, we can take up multiple issues through the justice system. We will be requesting contributions soon, we are in the process of setting up the best way to receive funds for our legal fights. This will be set up so that it benefits the majority of firearm owners rather than individual organisations. We need hundreds of thousands of dollars for the litigation ahead and we need it from you, our community. It is so vitally important that we all come together on this and we all back each other through this process.    

A reminder that while your emotions are being tested, please be cautious  in what you do and what you say, especially on social media. Some comments are inviting the attention of police and media when rashly stating  they may take unlawful action.  The Amnesty has 6 months to run until 20 December, there is time to take what steps you deem necessary.

We are concerned that the first collection event in Christchurch on 13 July may become a media circus.  Attending this event could pose risks for both your emotional and physical wellbeing and by being identified potentially put your future security at risk.  You have 3 other options for handing in your firearms.

Many in our community are feeling stressed, first by the sudden new legislation, then by the loss of their hobby or sport and now by the confiscation of their property through no fault of their own and compensation falling short of being fair.  Look out for your mates and talk the issues through with friends who understand. It is important that we unite as one and that means backing each other up and being there to support friends and families. Utilise others in your community for help if you need to.

Please forward this to you shooting mates, clubs and associations.

Mike Dowling - COLFO Chairman

20th June 2019

The announcements have been released today.  Please find attached some useful pdf’s which can also be found on the Police website.

https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/firearms-and-safety/changes-firearms-law-prohibited-firearms#anchor7

Regulation regarding the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Regulations 2019

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2019/0136/latest/LMS214698.html

Regulation regarding the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2019/0137/latest/LMS214860.html?search=ts_act%40bill%40regulation%40deemedreg_arms_resel_25_a&p=1

PDF's

Firearms Amnesty and Buy Back Customer Preparation

Amnesty Buy Back Operation

Prohibited Firearms and Parts Buy Back Price List