The Kiwi Gun Blog has asked every political Party in New Zealand for their firearms policy. So that our readers can then make an informed decision on who to vote for come the next election.

Kevin Stitt of The NZ Conservative Party responded:

Thanks for getting in touch. The Conservative Party has not fully developed a gun policy, however in General terms:

  • We support the use of rimfire, centrefire and blackpowder firearms for use in New Zealand by licence holders for hunting, pest control and recreational purposes.
  • We see no need for fully automatic firearms in New Zealand.
  • We support tougher measures on people found illegally in possession of firearms, and in particular those in possession of pistols and shortened rifles.
  • We would support the use of lead shot for water fowl hunting.
  • We would welcome a review of our gun laws where weaknesses in the licensing system are exposed as long as law abiding citizens retain the right to own and possess a firearm.
I hope that helps set out our general direction. Kind regards.
The Kiwi Gun Blog thanked them for the information but raised the issue of the automatic weapons needed for our film industry and prized by so many collectors.

We also asked if it was their party policy to seize these from lawful owners and pay the tens of millions required in compensation. We will advise of the response.

The Conservative Party of New Zealand is a fiscally and socially conservative party that was founded in August 2011 by businessman and political activist Colin Craig.

The party reached 4.6% in a 3 News Reid Research poll released in late August 2014, suggesting that it might break the 5% threshold in that year’s election.

In the end – The Conservative Party received 3.97% of the party vote and won no electorate seats, meaning that it did not meet the threshold to enter Parliament.

More information on the Conservative party can be found here:   http://www.conservativeparty.org.nz/

Here is an update:

 

On 2/23/2017 4:53 PM, Leighton Baker wrote:
Hi Mike, thanks for the heads up on the automatic weapons. I can understand people wanting to collect them, but didn’t realise there were so many in New Zealand.

 After a bit of review, please find an updated policy summary.
Regards
Leighton

  • We support the use of rimfire, centrefire and blackpowder firearms for use in New Zealand by licence holders for hunting, pest control and recreational purposes.
  • We support all fully automatic firearms in New Zealand (apart from those of the defence force) being permantly immobilised.
    • We support tougher measures on people found illegally in possession of firearms, and in particular those in possession of pistols and shortened rifles.
  • We would support the use of lead shot for water fowl hunting.
  • We would welcome a review of our gun laws where weaknesses in the licensing system are exposed as long as law abiding citizens retain the right to own and possess a firearm. This would need to look at gun registration.

Right…. So….

The Party are against collectors having automatic arms – unless there are a lot of them.

But they want to destroy every collector gun and its value.

Oh and they are now adding that they want to consider gun registration?

The Blog will write back with some observations but this bunch are not looking like an option for shooters.

Very strange call as we often lean conservative. Their loss.

 

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