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Firearms Licencing Still Taking Too Long

“Thousands of New Zealand shooters could still miss out
on duck shooting season because of unacceptable delays in
processing firearms licencing applications,” says ACT’s
Fair Firearms Law Reform spokesperson Nicole

put out a press release this week
claiming they are
making “significant progress” in clearing application
delays. But figures obtained by ACT show thousands of people
are waiting months for both new applications and licence

“Police have said the most helpful thing
to do is apply four months in advance, but the figures we
obtained show almost 5,000 applications have taken longer
than six months and 1,382 have taken 12 months or

“Duck shooting season starts next week. New
Zealand has a proud tradition of hunting and shooting. Duck
shooting season for many people is a chance to bond with
friends or mates and provide food for the

“Law abiding firearms holders in New Zealand
have put up with a lot under this Government. They’ve been
vilified by many and have handed back firearms that they
only ever used responsibly.

“Now as further
punishment, many will now miss out on duck

“After our nation’s tragedy in
Christchurch, we needed to get better at vetting, now the
system is more broken than ever.”

The below figures
obtained by Written Parliamentary Question to the Minister
of Police shows how long the delays are:

1 Month or
Longer = 8,179

4 months or longer = 6,164

months or longer = 4,915

10 months or longer =

12 months or longer =

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