Firearms Prohibition Orders public consultation has now closed

Firearms Prohibition Orders public consultation has now closed

Date Published: 
January 2020

The New Zealand Government wants to prevent high-risk people from having access to firearms. The purpose of restricting access is to protect the public from the harm that can be caused by the misuse of firearms.

To help achieve this, the Government looked into the possibility of establishing a Firearms Prohibition Order regime. This included seeking the public's views on whether or not a regime should be established in New Zealand, and if so, what it could look like.

Firearms Prohibition Orders would prohibit high-risk people from using, accessing, or being around firearms. Breaching the conditions of a Firearms Prohibition Order would be a criminal offence.

Next steps

Following the Government announcement to introduce Firearms Prohibition Orders (FPOs), a Firearms Prohibition Order Bill will be introduced into the House before the end of the year. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the bill when it is referred to select committee.

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