New Zealand Police is inviting public submissions on the proposed regulations to support the new legislation for the Firearms Registry.
The new Firearms Registry is being implemented to help maintain the balance of keeping our communities safe while still enabling the safe use of firearms in our communities for legitimate purposes.
Director Partnerships, Arms Safety and Control, Superintendent Mike McIlraith provides a summary of the proposed regulations to support the Firearms Registry and how to engage with the consultation.
Māori Responsiveness Manager, Arms Safety and Control, Inspector Whiti Timutimu provides a summary of the proposed regulations to support the Firearms Registry in te reo Māori.
What are we consulting on?
We are consulting on proposals for regulations to support the changes coming into force for the Firearms Registry.
We want to ensure the regulations are fit for purpose, and to give the public and stakeholders, in particular firearms licence holders and dealers, the opportunity to understand and shape the proposed regulations.
Consultation opens on 31 August and closes on 12 October 2022.
The scope of the consultation includes:
- the specified arms items and the details of those items to be recorded in the Firearms Registry.
- the obligations of licence holders and those in possession of specified arms items to provide information to Police for inclusion in the Firearms Registry.
- associated provisions that support these changes, including a final date by which licence holders must have registered all their specified arms items.
Out of scope
The consultation does not cover establishment of the Registry, access to the Registry by other Agencies, or offences related to the Registry, all of which are already set out in the Act.
What are the proposals?
How to provide feedback
- We want to hear from anyone with an interest in the Firearms Registry and/or in improved firearms safety outcomes. This includes firearms licence holders, dealers, and organisations from the firearms-owning community, Iwi/Māori, and the public.
- You can provide feedback on a single proposal, a few proposals or all.
- Please include your name, contact details, (organisation, or professional capacity, if applicable).
What happens to my submission?
- Once consultation has closed all submissions will be analysed and used to inform decisions on regulations to implement the Firearms Registry.
- All submissions and feedback will be collated and assessed by Police, with the results reported to Cabinet.
- We intend to have the regulations available before the Firearms Registry is established on 24 June 2023.The regulations will be published and available on the Police and government legislation websites.
Why do Police need personal information from me? What information will be recorded by the Firearms Registry?
How long do I have to enter information into the Registry?
What does the Consultation on the Firearms Registry cover?
What does the Firearms Registry consultation not cover?
Why are these regulations required?
What is the purpose of the Registry?
I don’t trust Police with my information. Will it be kept secure within the system?
Is my privacy protected?
Licence holder FAQs
How easy is it to use the new Firearms Registry system? Will it take long?
Will the Firearms Registry be effective in tracking the on-sale of imported weapons?
Other agencies have access to this information which means there is a higher risk of security breaches. What further steps are in place to mitigate this higher risk?
How will Police enforce licence holders to enter their data?
What’s the penalty for not complying with the Act?
Is there a fee attached to using the Firearms Registry?