Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Petitioners welcome gun law reform announcement

Petitioners welcome gun law reform announcement

At 11.30am on Thursday, Wellingtonian Nik Green, Industrial Designer Brad Knewstubb and mum of three Hannah Clarke presented their combined 70,000-strong petitions to Parliament for a ban on semi-automatic weapons and greater firearm advertising regulations.

By 3pm, New Zealand’s gun laws had changed.

The petitioners say they are ‘very pleased’ with the government announcement of a ban on military style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles.

“We’re heartened by the government’s response on this issue. It feels like we’re moving in the right direction,” says Knewstubb.

In the wake of the horrific events that took place in Christchurch, Green, Knewstubb, and Clarke started separate petitions to ban semi-automatic weapons and regulate firearms advertising in New Zealand.

They combined forces to deliver their petitions on Thursday. The petitions were accepted by National’s Chris Bishop, Labour’s Grant Robertson and Green co-leader James Shaw.

The petitioners had gathered over 70,000 signatures in just five days. Knewstubb said he was honoured to be representing the voices of tens of thousands of New Zealanders.

“We all started the petitions because we wanted to see meaningful change made to our gun laws that make sure the events of Friday never happen again. The fact that we’ve managed to collect just shy of 70,000 signatures in under a week is a clear signal the community is ready for that change.”

Clarke said that while she is supportive of the announced changes, she remains concerned about gun advertisements ‘on billboards around Wellington’.

“Firearms advertising should be regulated in exactly the same way as tobacco or any other harmful product,” says Clarke.

“Guns are dangerous weapons, they are not toys, and should never be portrayed this way in the media. It is dangerous and irresponsible to have these kinds of images in public spaces.”

“Firearms advertising in the public eye feels like a stepping stone towards the normalisation of guns in New Zealand, and we must do everything we can to ensure our peaceful country never becomes a place where it is normal for people to own guns.”

________________ ENDS _______________

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Unreal Optimism About The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus

At this week’s Chinese New Year celebrations, PM Jacinda Ardern was resolutely upbeat that business with China would soon bounce back to normal – better than ever, even - once the coronavirus epidemic has been brought under control. To Ardern, the adversity has only accentuated just how close we are to Beijing Nothing wrong with being upbeat, if it can calm the nerves and turn business sentiment into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The problems begin when the optimism detaches itself from reality. What has been very odd so far about the coronavirus episode is that global share markets – normally spooked by mere sneezes or sniffles in the world’s major economies - have continued to be fairly positive, even as the epidemic has unfolded... More>>

First Published on Werewolf here


Gordon Campbell: On The Political Donations Scandals
Even paranoids have real enemies. While there has been something delusionary about the way New Zealand First has been living in denial about its donations scandal, one can sympathise with its indignation about Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges being among its chief accusers. More>>


UN Expert: NZ Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response

This is a press statement from UN Special Rapporteur on the right to housing at the end of her 10-day visit to New Zealand. The Government of New Zealand has recognized that the country is facing a housing crisis, said Leilani Farha, UN Special Rapporteur ... More>>


2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>


Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>


Auditor-General's Report : Water Management

The Auditor-General’s report Reflecting on our work about water management was presented to the House of Representatives today. Over the last two years we have been looking at how well public organisations are carrying out their water management ... More>>






InfoPages News Channels