Today Police Minister Paula Bennett has delivered the government response to the Report of the Select Committee Inquiry into the Illegal possession of firearms by criminals.  SSANZ is pleased to report that the minister has largely rejected all those recommendations that we opposed. This is thanks to all of you who communicated your views to the minister and her advisors.

In addition to the 8 recommendations she has accepted she has introduced two new recommendations which we see as beneficial: 1. to give the Police power to suspend a licence rather than revoke it, allowing the problem to be resolved more quickly and 2. To require Police to consult more with the firearm community.

Remember before any of the recommendations become law there will be a further round of consultation as any new Bill proceeds through the Select Committee stage.

You can read the minister press release and a summary of her response HERE: