In late September the New Zealand Government introduced a new arms control Bill that has dire consequences for firearm ownership and all forms of shooting sports. The Bill contains stricter criteria for licence applicants, increased powers for the police to search for and seize firearms, increased powers for the Commissioner of Police to make new regulations, registration of all firearms, registration of all shooting clubs and ranges, new offences and increased penalties, medical practitioners to report mental illness of firearm owners to police.

The Bill is currently before the Select Committee due to report back to parliament on 10 February 2020.

You can read SSANZ submission to the Select Committee here.