Citation(s) from the literature library

Alpers, Philip and Barbara Morgan. 1995 ‘Firearm Homicide in New Zealand: Victims, Perpetrators and their Weapons 1992-94.’ National Conference of the Public Health Association of New Zealand, p. 4. Dunedin: Public Health Association of New Zealand. 29 June

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Storage and Theft

In a recent survey of New Zealand farmers and farm workers, 43% reported firearms stored in unlocked areas. This implies that 34,000 farming families are currently in breach of the security provisions of the Arms Regulations.

No custodial or financial penalties exist for breaching the storage requirements of a firearms licence. The only sanction is to revoke the gun-owner's licence. Yet despite many hundreds of such cases coming to the notice of authorities each year, police report that 'the requirement for security and storage is merely a requirement … not an offence,' and that no gun-owner's licence has been revoked for this reason.

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