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New Zealand

Survey Reveals a Third of NZ Gun Owners Distrust Gun Lobby

13 August 2019

The Conversation

The terrorist attacks on the Christchurch Muslim community on 15 March this year resulted in a political response that was decidedly different from what usually follows mass shootings in the United States. The speed of legislative action, banning military-style semi-automatic weapons (MSSAs) within days of the attack, was remarked on both at home and around the world. Some gun owners began handing over their MSSAs to police voluntarily after the attacks, and hundreds... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

NZ Begins Buy-back of Assault Weapons

20 June 2019

Reuters

WELLINGTON - New Zealand's government on Thursday launched a multimillion-dollar, six-month "buy-back" scheme to compensate owners of powerful but newly banned semi-automatic weapons prohibited in the wake of deadly attacks on two mosques in the Southern city of Christchurch. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Minister of Police Stuart Nash said in a joint emailed statement that NZ$208 million ($135.97 million) had been set aside to compensate owners of the banned... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand,United States

PM Ardern on Gun Control in US and NZ

15 May 2019

Washington Post

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke out this week about a matter that has long puzzled many foreign observers of the United States: the country's inability to rein in gun violence. Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the prime minister said: "Australia experienced a massacre and changed their laws. New Zealand had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I do not understand the United States." Ardern was referring both to a 1996... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Gun Violence in Homicide Report Database

13 May 2019

Stuff (New Zealand)

An unprecedented Stuff investigation has identified every homicide in New Zealand in the past 15 years, revealing the vast majority of those who kill with guns are unlicensed and their weapon of choice is often a .22 calibre rifle or shotgun. The Homicide Report, which has been nearly three years in the making, is the country's first publicly searchable database of homicides. It encompasses 1068 men, women and children killed from January 2004 to March 31, 2019. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

The Homicide Report Database

1 May 2019

Stuff (New Zealand)

The Homicide Report relies on information from more than 800 coronial findings, hundreds of court documents, police sources and news stories from Stuff's archives. We categorised each case according to the victim's age and gender, their relationship to the killer, cause of death, location and a host of others. We then analysed them to look for significant groupings of homicides with similar characteristics that might reveal some underlying problem or cause. The... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Gun Law Change Fast-track has 'Outpaced' Gun Lobby

2 April 2019

Radio New Zealand

The speed with which the government has fast-tracked changes to firearms laws has left the gun lobby in a spin, according to an Australian academic. By the end of next week, politicians expect the Arms Amendment Bill to come into force. It will ban semi-automatic weapons and military style semi-automatics, with the exception of shotguns and low-calibre rifles. Parts, magazines and ammunition which can make a gun illegal will also be banned, and there will be tougher... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Consensus on New Zealand Gun Control

29 March 2019

Policy Forum (Canberra)

In the wake of the worst terror attack in New Zealand's history, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shown outstanding leadership on gun control, building a consensus for reasonable reform that other leaders have much to learn from, Michael Picard writes. New Zealand's response to the Christchurch mass-shooting shows that a country can find unity, rather than division, on gun reform. Strong and definitive leadership, a balanced approach to reforming gun laws, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

More Officers Support Arming New Zealand Police

3 March 2019

Radio New Zealand

More and more police are in support of arming their own, Police Association figures show. Sixty-six percent of assocation members supported general arming in a 2017 survey, up 6 percent on 2015 and up 18 percent on 2008, when only 48 percent of police employees were in favour. Christchurch police have announced frontline staff will remain armed until a wanted man is found. Police Association president Chris Cahill earlier said their arming could spell the beginning of... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

238,700 People Carrying Firearm Licences in NZ

16 June 2018

Stuff (New Zealand)

A lobby group is arguing there is a "cascade of failure" in controlling gun control in New Zealand. Mike Loder, from Shooters Lottery, says the biggest step police should take to reduce the number of cases of criminals pulling guns on cops is to tackle recidivism. Data from the Ministry of Justice showed since the 1980s, 51 offenders had been convicted for two or more offences for use of a firearm against law enforcement officer. Between 2016 and 2017, 368 people... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Over 60,000 Registered Firearms in NZ

14 February 2018

Scoop (New Zealand)

Address to Otago University Public Health Summer School, Wellington By Chris Cahill President, NZ Police Association The Police Association welcomes the timing of this symposium because it is clear to us that New Zealand needs to have a co-operative, common sense conversation about firearms. We need to avoid resorting to extremes which we see paralysing jurisdictions such as the United States. It has to be noted that the NRA has even inserted itself into our firearms... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Breakdown of NZ Firearms Endorsements

10 December 2017

Stuff (New Zealand)

Data From Infographic Showing Number of Endorsed License Holders B (Pistol) category: 3,840 C (Collector) category: 4,003 D (Dealer) category: 462 E (Military Style Semi Automatic) category: 6,941 F (Dealer Restricted) category: 526 V (Visitor) category:... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

1.5 Million Firearms Estimated to be in NZ

4 October 2017

Stuff (New Zealand)

As the United States comes to terms with one of its deadliest mass shooting in modern history after 59 people massacred at a Las Vegas music festival, the bitter argument about gun control will be a talking point yet again. Brad Flahive and Andy Fyers take a look at the gun debate in New Zealand. The small seaside town of Aramoana was the site of New Zealand's worst mass murder in modern history. After an argument with his neighbour, David Gray shot and killed 13... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Police Knowledge of Gun Laws 'Unacceptable' - NZ Police

28 July 2017

NewsHub

Newshub has obtained an internal police document that shows a number of failures in the way police deal with firearms. It shows their knowledge of the law around firearms is at an "unacceptable level", the licensing system is "no longer fit for purpose" and police and customs processes are "obsolete" and "leaving gaps". Two women were shot dead on Wednesday by Whangarei man Quinn Patterson, who was amassed by an arsenal of illegal guns. An admission by police chiefs... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Access to Guns Helps Fuel Farmer Suicides - NZ Study

1 May 2017

New Zealand Farmer

A broken relationship, drink and a gun - these three factors are a "fatal combination" and account for a significant proportion of farmer suicides, especially among young men. A gun was used by 40 per cent of the 185 farmers who took their lives between 2007-15, compared with 8 per cent in the general population. The first study ever in New Zealand farm suicides shows that financial stress was a "negligible" factor, reported in fewer than 5 per cent of cases, nor were... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Accidental Shootings Leading Cause of Death Among NZ Hunters

13 March 2017

Newshub

New research has revealed hunters falling to their deaths is one of the leading causes of hunting fatalities, alongside firearms incidents. It's just one finding in a first-of-its-kind analysis of hunting data aimed at identifying problem-areas in the sector. A Hunters Tale, A deep dive into hunting incidents in New Zealand has been put together by the Mountain Safety Council, partnered with groups including the police, ACC, the Department of Conservation and... (GunPolicy.org)

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Germany,Australia,New Zealand,Japan,Switzerland,France,Poland,Iraq

German Ammo Sales Up Tenfold, €4 Billion Arms Sales in 2016

25 October 2016

Mo4ch (US)

Germany's small arms ammunition sales have increased by 10 times in the first 6 months of 2016, while total arms sales have reached €4 billion over the same period and have set a new record, Deutsche-Presse Agentur (DPA) says, citing a government report. The total value of the small arms ammo export contracts has risen from €27 million ($29.3 million) in the first half of 2015 to €283.8 million ($308 million) in the first six months of 2016, the reports says,... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

New Zealand's Gun Owners Say Registration Won't Stop Crime

26 August 2016

Scoop (New Zealand)

Millions of Tax Payers Money Spent on Gun Registration Will Not Affect Criminals The Council of Licenced Firearms owners are disappointed at the comments suggested in Parliament to enact registration of all firearms. COLFO's Chairman Paul Clark has previously advised the Law & Order Select Committee that registration of firearms will not stop criminals using them. "People that do not own firearms must be asking how can listing a firearm on a database stop criminal use?... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Firearm Expert Says New Zealand in Danger of Mass Shooting

24 August 2016

TVNZ (New Zealand)

Warnings of mass-shootings have been raised at a parliamentary inquiry about illegal guns following a spate of attacks on police, like the incident in Kawerau in March this year when four officers were wounded. Waikato University professor Alexander Gillespie told the inquiry that 95 per cent of guns in New Zealand are untraceable. "At the moment I have to register my car. I have to register my dog. But my neighbour doesn't have to register his firearm," says Dr... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Online New Zealand Gun Trader Wants Access to Licence Data

10 August 2016

New Zealand Herald

Trade Me wants automatic access to police records on gun owners to prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands. In an appearance before a committee at Parliament today, the company defended the sale of guns on its website after an MP suggested it stop selling weapons altogether. A Parliamentary inquiry is looking at how to restrict the flow of firearms to criminals, gangs and unlicensed people. It was launched in March after a series of high-profile shootings... (GunPolicy.org)

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New Zealand

Review of New Zealand Gun Laws Likely to Lead to Changes

10 July 2016

Radio New Zealand

An internal review of how the police administer and monitor firearms is likely to lead to changes in the law, including allowing people to apply for a gun licence online. The review was being carried out in parallel to the Parliamentary Select Committee inquiry into illegal gun possession, sparked by the shooting of four police officers in Kawerau and the seizure of a cache of illicit firearms in Auckland earlier this year. Police national manager for police response... (GunPolicy.org)

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