September 27, 2019
Gun law risks criminalising hunters
A gun owners lobby group says the second tranche of gun law reform could deny many Māori the right to own a firearm.
Nicole McKee from the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners says many owners will already be in breach of the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Act passed in the wake of the Christchurch mosques massacre, because they don't realise the weapon they use for hunting doesn't comply with the law.
The Arms Legislation Bill now before parliament will place further restriction on who can own a firearm, and many people could find themselves caught out because of past convictions or undischarged domestic protection orders.
"Our people are still going to hunt. They are still going to go out there, still going to put kai on the table, but they are going to do so illegally. That's not what we want. We want to see the firearms secured, we want to see people do it properly, do it legally and be able to teach our next generation how to hunt, how to gather, and how to do so in a responsible way," Ms McKee says.
She says for many Māori, getting a gun licence is the first test they are able to pass.
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