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Coalition for Gun Control. 2001 ‘What's Happening With Our Gun Laws?: The Thorp report.’ CGC(NZ) fact sheet, p. 1. Auckland: Coalition for Gun Control (New Zealand). 1 February

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Retired High Court judge Sir Thomas Thorp's year-long, million-dollar Review of Firearms Control in New Zealand (1997) recommended the following major changes:

- All firearms to be individually registered to their owners, in addition to owner licensing
- A buy-back of military-style semi-automatic weapons (MSSAs, or "assault rifles")
- All restricted weapons (privately held machine guns, etc.) to be permanently disabled
- The law to make clear that "self defence" is not a legitimate purpose for acquiring a gun
- Tightened provisions for vetting and licensing, with more stringent rules for secure storage
- A three-year licensing period to replace the current 10-year vetting cycle for gun-owners
- Firearm-specific licences to prevent sales of ammunition for concealed, unregistered guns
- An independent Firearms Authority to monitor enforcement and compliance with gun laws

Not one of these measures has been addressed by legislation. Government has repeatedly announced "tough new gun laws," then bowed to pressure from the gun lobby.

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