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MESSAGE FROM FORMER CHAIR PAUL CLARK
I am writing to apologise for and retract comments I recently made to Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint programme on the afternoon of 20 June. I was trying to convey the depth of the frustration that many firearm owners and businesses feel about the current process. However the comments I made, implying that violence may occur were totally inappropriate.
I recognise that it was wrong for someone in my position in the community to say such things, and I misrepresented myself and many people connected to me.
I have spent much of my life advocating for responsible firearm ownership and use. It is a hard time for many in the firearm community right now, but if we do not remain law abiding and calm, we erode the very foundation that justifies access to the sport and lifestyle we enjoy.
COLFO News - Issue 2 - April 2019
COLFO deals with the aftermath of the Terrorist Attack and changes to the Arms Laws
Since the terrorist attack in Christchurch on 15 March COLFO has been busy preparing for the inevitable backlash on our chosen sport and pastime. True to form the Government in a knee jerk reaction has announced its intention to ban most semi automatic centre fire rifles and shotguns. They followed this on the 21 March with new Regulations by an Order in Council that was rushed in without the normal 28 days notice, declaring A category semi automatics to be MSSAs and therefore illegal to hold without an E endorsed licence. Affected owners are required to register these new MSSAs with police via an online form prior to handing them in for confiscation. This was followed on 2 April with a new Bill that makes most semi automatic firearms and large capacity magazine in to prohibited items.Read more ...
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COLFO SURVEY on the semi auto changes.
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Over the past week COLFO posts have been declining in the number of people we are reaching. We have received messages in some cases of our posts no longer appearing in people's feeds.
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Support is available if you need it.
COLFO is becoming aware of licensed firearms owners who remain shaken by week's terror attack and the uncertainty laid before us in such a short time frame.
Our legitimate and lawful hunting, sporting and collecting interests have provided us all a means of social support and a sense of belonging for as long as we can remember.
In this time of grief and uncertainty, we know there are people out there who need support. We strongly encourage you all to rely on your specific community support networks in the first instance. This might be family, close friends, your clubs or organisations.
Should you require deeper support, there are more formal welfare mechanisms available to you on the helplines and the linked brochure from the Mental Health Foundation below.
Lifeline – 0800 543 354 (0800 LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP)
Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Healthline – 0800 611 116
Samaritans – 0800 726 666