Licenced Firearms Users SLAM Illegal Gun Sales

The country’s largest voluntary shooting related organisation says it does not sanction sales of guns to unlicenced minors, and expects those who do to feel the full force of the law.

The comments from the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners, COLFO, follow the screening of footage on Target showing gun shops apparently willing to complete the sale of an airgun to a person under the age of 18 who is not the holder of a firearms licence.

COLFO, has been lobbying for powerful airguns (with a rating greater of 35 joules or greater (25ft/lbs) to be made available only to licenced owners since 2008, and Gary Howat says they would strongly support any move in this directdion.

“We recognise some of these rifles are powerful enough to seriously injure or kill and do not support them being freely available.”

The law currently allows states you must be at least 18 to use or own an air gun (or even have in your possession) in New Zealand unless you hold a firearms licence, for which you need to be at least 16.

“We do not sanction any breaches of the laws designed to ensure safe use of firearms in our community.”

Gary Howat, Chairman, COLFO