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Police Estimate 50,000 Gun Owners Have Out-of-Date Licences
22 March 2001
Police have begun tracing an estimated 50,000 registered gun owners who have failed to apply for the 10-year firearms licences introduced in 1992.
Police National Headquarters firearms licensing manager Inspector Joe Green said yesterday that stations around New Zealand were using computer systems to track the addresses of people who held the old "red book" licences, but had failed to upgrade to the new ones.
He said data held by police indicated there were around 50,000 people who had not upgraded.
Initial checks in Auckland showed that 80 to 90 per cent of those who failed to get the new licences were people who had decided they no longer wanted a firearm. In most cases, they had legally disposed of their guns, Mr Green said…