04 April 2019
In less than 24 hours more than 6,500 people have added their support to a joint submission on the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill calling for gun law reform to go further.
The submission was organised by community campaign group ActionStation. The recommendations are based on research from the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington.
The submission supports the government's proposed law changes and calls for further changes to ensure public safety, including:
A ban on all private ownership of semi-automatic firearms and related parts that can be used to convert firearms into semi-automatics and large (>7) magazines;
An amnesty or buy-back with compensation to owners of banned firearms;
A register of all firearms;
Three-year licensing of firearms owners (currently 10 years);
A ban on firearms retailers’ and dealers’ advertising, promotions and sponsorships;
A cross party commitment to these basic gun control measures; and
Full consultation with citizens; not privileging the firearms community and police.
“Cars are registered, guns should be too.” Steve, Christchurch
“I want my children and grandchildren to live in a safe and caring society where they can flourish. Guns are a symbol of aggression, fear, domination, and death. These are not the things we want to shore up our society.” Miriam, Wellington
“Recreational or farming use of guns does not overshadow the need to strong gun reform. We need to do all we can to ensure a massacre like Christchurch can never happen again in this country.” Kylie, Auckland
“Semi-automatic and automatic weapons are designed with the sole purpose to kill. There are very few genuine reasons to have access to such a weapon. Their misuse has proven potential to be absolutely devastating and they should be regulated as heavily as possible.” Rebecca, Taranaki
“It will make me feel safer here” Kashif, Wellington.