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 is looking into the possibility of establishing a Firearms Prohibition Order regime.

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.

However, before making a decision, the Government wants to seek the public’s views on whether or not a regime should be established in New Zealand, and if so, what it could look like.

Next steps

New Zealand Police will now review submissions received during the public consultation period, and will provide advice to the Minister of Police on whether or not there should be a Firearms Prohibition Order Regime in New Zealand and on the design of a regime.

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