COLFO’s quick Analysis of the Law and Order Select Committee’s Report how will it affect you?
What does the Law and Order Report mean to you the average Firearms Owner?
COLFO says that this report is the most serious threat to the shooting sports in this Country for decades. You need to take action to prevent the report being acted on- it’s up to you. WE NEED YOUR HELP.
The report is flawed. Although the committee was tasked with looking at how criminals obtain firearms, the majority of recommendations will only affect the law abiding shooters-rather than criminals.
All submissions – such as COLFO’s- which pointed out the overseas studies on how criminals get firearms, seem to be ignored. The Police and Police association made submissions that we were kept from the public. This is nothing short of outrageous. If the logic of their submissions was sound why would they need to hide their suggestions?
Sale of Firearms and Ammunition:
The report recommends that the sale of every single round of ammunition is recorded by a dealer. Given ammunition does not have a unique identification number, what can this achieve? It cannot prevent firearms going to criminals, it will increase the cost of buying ammunition, which as has been demonstrated in the past becomes an incentive for a black market to develop.
Who will the costs be passed onto? You.
The report recommends that a permit to procure be obtained for every firearm sold. This would mean that every time you purchase a firearm you will have to visit the Police station, get a permit to procure, go the retailer, hand in your permit, get it signed, go back to the Police station, walk past the people attending the Police station for bail reporting with your newly purchased rifle or shotgun. Then, the Police are expected to record the details of it, even though the Police cannot currently keep accurate records of the firearms that require a permit now.
Who will pay for this? You will.
The report recommends that every single semi-automatic in the Country is now registered as a restricted firearm. That means that a “A” category .22 rifle, or shotgun must be stored in a safe that is similar to store pistols. This will be inspected once a year. The cost of a “E” safe is at least $1,000.
Who will bear this cost? You will.
With the Police having now got the serial number of every firearm you own, what happens when there is a knee-jerk reaction like in Australia? The “Firearms Buy Back” was confiscation of privately owned property from people who did nothing wrong.
Who will bear the cost of your expensive firearms being seized and crushed? You will.
Registration by Stealth:
Nowhere in the world has registration worked, with the Canadians abandoning long gun registration due to a cost blow out, in excess of C$2Billion . Despite the overwhelming evidence that this will not work, the Law and Order report recommends this.
The report recommends that the serial number of firearms is recorded when Police inspect your security, despite the evidence that criminals file serial numbers off firearms. This will need a huge database and will not achieve anything.
Who will bear the cost of this database? You will.
The Report recommends that the standard for security changes for “A” Category firearms and that the Police undertake this work.
Who will bear the cost of this? You will.
THE TIME HAS NOW COME FOR ALL OF US TO WORK TOGETHER
AS LOVERS OF OUR SPORTS AND HOBBIES.
VISIT COLFO.ORG.NZ TO SEE HOW YOU CAN CONTACT YOUR MP AND PREVENT OUR SPORTS DISAPPEARING FORVER. TELL YOUR MP THAT 250,000 SHOOTERS WILL NOT TOLERATE BEING TREATED AS CRIMINALS.