Proactive release of papers relating to the development of the Arms Legislation Bill

Proactive release of papers relating to the development of the Arms Legislation Bill

Date Published: 
September 2019

On 13 September 2019 the Minister of Police Hon Stuart Nash introduced an amendment Bill to the Arms Act 1983 titled the Arms Legislation Bill.

The following papers include advice on options which were provided to Ministers and Cabinet to support the development of the Arms Legislation Bill.

Additionally, some of the papers below are re-released papers that had been previously proactively released with redactions. These papers are now being released with some information unredacted. There is also a paper relating to the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Bill that was previously unreleased.

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Key to sections of the Official Information Act 1982 under which information has been withheld.

Certain information in the document has been withheld under one or more of the following sections of the Official Information Act 1982:

  • Information is withheld under section 6(b) where making it available would be likely to prejudice the entrusting of information to the Government of New Zealand on a basis of confidence by any other country.
  • Information is withheld under section 6(c) where making it available would be likely to prejudice the maintenance of the law, including the prevention, investigation, and detection of offences, and the right to a fair trial.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(a) to protect the privacy of natural persons.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(ba)(i) to protect information which is subject to an obligation of confidence or which any person has been or could be compelled to provide under the authority of any enactment, where the making available of the information would be likely to prejudice the supply of similar information, or information from the same source, and it is in the public interest that such information should continue to be supplied.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(f)(iv) in order to maintain the constitutional conventions for the time being which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(g)(i) in order to maintain the effective conduct of public affairs through the free and frank expression of opinions.
  • Information is withheld under section 9(2)(h) in order to maintain legal professional privilege.

Cabinet papers and related documents

Advice to Ministers and related documents

Re-released papers

Previously unreleased paper