Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Police remind hunters to identify their target

Police remind hunters to identify their target before taking the shot

With the approaching duck shooting season and other hunting events including the 'Roar' (deerstalking), Central District Police want to send a timely reminder to firearms owners to identify their target before taking the shot.

Central District Firearms Licensing Manager Carole Duffin said: "Recent hunting accidents that have resulted in death highlight the need to identify your target. The last thing you want is to have the day marred by a serious injury. If in doubt don't take the shot."

"Also drinking alcohol while using a firearm is just plain stupidity; leave the celebratory drinks until you have locked away your firearm and ammunition."

As a firearms owner it is your responsibility to know and practice the seven basic firearms rules. If you are taking people hunting with you that are unlicensed but want to shoot, you must as a licensee directly supervise them while they are shooting.

Firearms owners are required by law to store their firearms securely at all times with the ammunition and the bolt stored separately. If you have changed address since your firearms licence was issued, you are required by law to let Police know. All licence holders must install security at their home, regardless of whether or not they actually posess any firearms.

"We want to help you stay compliant but we can't do this if you don't keep your details up-to-date. Failure to notify us of changes can lead to a $500 infringement."

An expired licence means the owner is unlawfully in possession of a weapon and that can carry a sentence of up to 3 months' imprisonment and/or a fine of $1,000.

If you are going bush while hunting a great tool to take with you is a personal locator beacon.

"These beacons can be a lifesaving investment if you get injured or lost as it means emergency services can find you faster and get you home to your family.

"We want you and your mates to have a safe day out hunting so you can celebrate your success afterwards. Remember to identify your target and practice safe handling of firearms."

Firearm owners in Central District can notify police of changes by ringing the Firearms Licensing Unit on (06) 351 2550, or visiting the police website www.police.govt.nz and clicking on the 'do it online' section, or by email at central.firearms@police.govt.nz.

You can download a copy of the Arms Code from the Police website. It is also available free at all Police stations.

The seven basic rules
1. Treat every firearm as loaded
2. Always point firearms in a safe direction
3. Load a firearm only when ready to fire
4. Identify your target beyond all doubt
5. Check your firing zone
6. Store firearms and ammunition safely
7. Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms

Media enquiries should be referred to Communications Manager Sara Stavropoulos on 027 702 0850.

Please view the full news release online at:



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Climate Talks, Immigration And Housing: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference

Prime Minister John Key began by talking about his recent attendance at the APEC and ASEAN summits. He segued neatly from the opportunities available in Vietnam to outlining his upcoming itinerary which includes Malta, Paris and Berlin. More>>


After Urgent Law Change: Beneficiaries Urged To Act Immediately

I am hoping that thousands more people will be enabled to lodge their review... people without internet, who don't even realise that this has been happening. If just a fraction of the people on facebook can help others to put in reviews tomorrow it could improve so many more peoples Christmas. More>>


Auckland: Phil Goff To Run For Mayor In 2016

Phil Goff has today announced his decision to stand as an Independent candidate for Mayor of Auckland next year... As Mayor, Phil Goff will focus on a number of issues that directly impact on the lives of Aucklanders, including tackling traffic congestion and increasing the housing supply. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Mike Moore To Step Down As US Ambassador

Yvonne and I are giving notice to MFAT that we will be leaving the Post just before Christmas on the 16th December... I am now the longest serving continuous Ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it. More>>


Fox Glacier: Seven Dead In Helicopter Crash

The operation to recover the victims of Saturday’s helicopter crash at Fox Glacier is a technically challenging task calling for specialist skills in an unforgiving environment, says operation commander Inspector John Canning. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news