To the Minister of Police Hon Stuart Nash MP
We request that you make provision for a 6-month extension to expiring firearm licences during the COVID 19 Event in the same way that the Minister of Transport has provided for a 6-month extension to drivers and other motor vehicle licences.
Police have already advised firearm owners that there will be significant delays in processing licence applications and other related permits as a result of the lockdown. https://www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/firearms-and-safety/news-and-updates
It would seem to us that a simple extension of a firearm licence expiry date would save a lot of stress and anxiety for both licensed owners and police administrators, and avoid the problem of a significant number of owners being in possession of firearms while unlicensed through no fault of their own.
Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand Inc.