Firearms Official Information Act proactive public releases (December 2018)

Firearms Official Information Act proactive public releases (December 2018)

Date Published: 
December 2018

In keeping with the Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2016-2018, and as Administrator of the Arms Act 1983, Police is releasing its responses to some recent Official Information Act requests, where it is considered they contain data and information that has wider public interest.

For more information, go to Firearms and safety.

Reference

Date of request

Information requested

IR-01-18-5766 (PDF 200KB)

21 Jun 2018

  1. How many firearms have become unaccountable for – including those later recovered – while under the responsibility of New Zealand airports?
  2. Have airport armories [sic] been certified to meet the new police storage standards? If so, when were these inspections carried out and by whom?”
     

IR-01-18-10572

 3 Sep 2018

  1. any documentation Police have outlined for the future of firearm regulations planned for firearm license holders, specifically A endorsement.
  2. Further to this, I would also like the documents Police currently have which define what features a firearm must have in order to be considered an 'Assault Rifle', as Police website has a form (https://forms.police.govt.nz/firearms/visitors-application) which portrays an MSSA to be also considered an Assault Rifle (Under the "Firearm types you are permitted to possess in your home country" section). What is commonly referred to as an Assault Rifle would require it to have selective fire rates (Semi, Burst, Auto), so this is very confusing why the association is being made between MSSA and "Assault Rifle".
     

IR-01-18-8266

4 Sep 2018

  1. I request the number of new firearms licence applications received by the New Zealand Police, by month, for each of the 12 months prior to and including August 2018.
  2. I request the number of new firearms licences granted by the New Zealand Police, by month, for each of the 12 months prior to and including August 2018.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, I do not require information regarding firearms licence renewals.
     

IR-01-18-10187 (PDF 798KB)

 4 Sep 2018

  1. I would like to know how many shootings police have dealt with over the past 10 years (from January 1, 2008). I want to know the rate of shootings (based on crime rate per 100,000 people).
  2. I would like to know the number of injuries, and the number of deaths, from these incidents. I would also like to know the location of the shootings.
  • I want these figures broken down by month throughout that time period.
     

IR-01-18-11326 (PDF 400KB)

7 Sep 2018

  1. How many inspections per Police region have taken place of firearm storage arrangements for licence holders with B, C, E or F endorsements (ie pistols, MSSAs and restricted weapons) in the last ten years?
  2. Whether, in the last five years, Police storage inspections for any firearm licence category (ie without endorsements), have revealed that firearms are being stored in a "survival type” bunkers, panic rooms, or other facilities which are clearly designed to house people and supplies during emergencies?
  3. Whether, even if these facilities meet the storage regulations, the Police would consider the storage of firearms in survival bunkers or panic rooms appropriate, given that “self-defense” [sic] is not considered a legitimate reason to own a firearm in New Zealand?
  4. Whether the Police consider whether a firearm’s licence holder or applicant has a survival bunker, panic room or similar facility on their property where the guns are normally stored indicates they intend to use a firearm for the purposes of self-defense [sic]?
  5. Whether in the last ten years, any licence application has been denied, or licence has been revoked on the grounds that the Police believed the individual was intending to possess firearms for the purposes of self-defence?
  6. Whether, as indicated in the reporting, it concerns the Police that these facilities might be being built in secret, and therefore could be used to store unlicensed firearms, or other restricted items such as explosives in a way which cannot be inspected.
  7. Do Police, or emergency services in general, need to be made aware of any form of bunker or emergency shelters installed on a property?
     

IR-01-18-11101 (PDF 329KB)

14 Sep 2018

  1. The number of legal firearms in New Zealand
  2. The number of current gun licences In New Zealand
  3. The current or an estimate of the illegal firearms in New Zealand
  4. How many illegal firearms where [sic] surrendered if there was an illegal firearms amnesty done?
  5. How many crimes committed using firearms were committed with an illegal firearm in the last five years?
  6. How many crimes committed using firearms were committed with a legal firearm in the last five years?
  7. How many firearms were confiscated in the last five years? Breakdown of what type of firearms and where they were confiscated from?
  8. The youngest offender to be caught with a firearm?
  9. How many police officers have been threatened with firearms and injured in the last five years?
     

IR-01-18-13314 (PDF 300KB)

19 Sep 2018

  1. How many licensed firearm owners with ‘E’ category endorsements have been convicted of committing serious offences with MSSA rifles featuring length reducing stocks in the last five years?
  2. How many of these crimes would not have been possible if the stocks were not capable of folding / telescoping to a shorter carry length?
  3. How many unlicensed firearm users have been convicted of committing serious offences with MSSA rifles featuring length reducing stocks in the last five years.
  4. How many of these crimes would not have been possible if the stocks were not capable of folding / telescoping to a shorter carry length?
  5. Please provide the number of convictions for serious firearm offences by licence holders in the last five years.
     

IR-01-18-12085 (PDF 212KB)

21 Sep 2018

  • Policy about TradeMe purchases of firearms
     

IR-01-18-12064 (PDF 322KB)

21 Sep 2018

  • Reason for storage guidance published in regards to restricted weapons
     

IR-01-18-12383 (PDF 286KB)

 26 Sep 2018

  1. The number of military-style semi-automatic weapons, pistols, and restricted weapons in the Southern District linked to licence holders, broken down by whether they are a military-style semi-automatic weapon, pistol, or restricted weapon, and further broken down by Otago Coastal, Otago Lakes Central and Southland areas.
  2. The same number of military-style semi-automatic weapons, pistols, and restricted weapons for each of the other 11 police districts.
     

IR-01-18-12368 (PDF 329KB)

26 Sep 2018

  1. The number of firearms seized by police every year since 2008 in the Southern District, including 2018 to September, broken down by year, and by area (Otago- Lakes Central, Otago Coastal, and Southland).
  2. The number of firearms seized by police every year since 2008 in the Southern District, including 2018 to September, in NZ as a whole, broken down by firearm type and location/area of seizure.
  3. The number of firearms seized by police every year since 2008 in New Zealand, including 2018 to September, broken down by year, and by firearm type.
  4. The number of firearm licence applications every year since 2008 up to September 2018 broken down by year in the Southern District.
  5. The figures from question (4) broken down by police station in the Southern District.
  6. The number of approved firearm licence applications every year since 2008 up to September 2018 broken down by year in the Southern District.
  7. The figures from question (6) broken down by police station in the Southern District.
     

IR-01-18-12210 (PDF 196KB)

 28 Sep 2018

  • Legal basis for making number of firearms available to vettors
     

IR-01-18-12200 (PDF 275KB)

28 Sep 2018

  1. The number of firearms seized nationally, each year for the past five years, broken down by firearm type.
  2. The same figures as above, broken down to the Queenstown police station area.
     

IR-01-18-13508 (PDF 320KB)

 12 Oct 2018

  • The numbers of attendees at each firearms community session held by the Arms Act Service Delivery Group.
     

IR-01-18-14327 PDF 238KB)

 25 Oct 2018

  • Storage of A and E category firearms and parts