Citation(s) from the Gun Policy News media archive
Police Estimate That New Zealanders Could Own Nearly One Million Firearms, Including 27,500 Pistols
15 June 2002
Police licencing and vetting manager Inspector Joe Green said about 27,500 pistols, 6800 military-style semi-automatic firearms and 3300 restricted weapons -- a category that includes machineguns -- were registered with police.
There are about 230,000 gun licence holders, with nearly 4300 people -- 100 more than last year -- holding an endorsement allowing them to use military-style semi-automatic weapons.
About 5600 -- 600 more than last year -- were endorsed to own pistols or restricted weapons as collectors, curators of museums, for theatrical purposes, as a momento or heirloom, or as members of competitive pistol and shooting clubs.