The Police have now finalised, in writing, some bizarre new policy positions.
You need to read this!
The first has already been covered by the Kiwi Gun Blog and relates to how MSSA rifles are measured to determine minimum length.
“NZ Police is aware that for several years a different measuring method was used which may have resulted in a number of MSSA firearms being classified as MSSA when in fact they are defined in law as pistols.
Owners of semi-automatic firearms with folding stocks which measure less than 762 mm in length when the stock is folded, who lawfully obtained the firearm as an MSSA rather than a pistol, while Police policy allowed for this, will be given suitable time to comply with the legal consequences of this firearm being a pistol”.
The licence holder can now either:
Transfer the firearm to a Collectors’ endorsement (where it must remain inoperable);
or return the firearm to its original compliant format;
or dispose of the firearm lawfully to another licence holder;
or hand the firearm into Police for destruction without compensation.
Police has stated that when and where any issue arises “The matter will be dealt with according to the circumstances of the particular case”.
So… Dice roll by district.
Now to double down on the stupidity!
Police now state that: “The length of any firearm is measured without any “attachments” (whether or not “permanently” attached (e.g. welding, pinned)), such as flash-hiders, silencers, muzzle brakes, or barrel extensions”.
Even if a muzzle break is WELDED ON – it is not counted as length.
We can only assume that this includes factory production as well.
The stated concern of minimum length is conceal ability by criminals.
If a muzzle device cant be removed – how is not length?
Only the Police know…
In the case of rifled firearms, barrel length will be determined by measuring from the muzzle to the bolt face – Excluding anything attached beyond the muzzle.
This means that the chamber is included in the measurement of the barrel, not just the rifled portion.
Classifications are determined by the PNHQ, Resource and Operations, Arms Control team, with technical input from the Police Armourer and PNHQ Policy and Legal sections.
Approval for use in New Zealand
Having determined the classification of a firearm as “A-Cat” or “B-Cat” there is then a requirement to determine whether or not that firearm can be approved for use in New Zealand.
This is considered as a separate exercise from the firearms initial classification.
Approved “A-Cat” List
For a firearm to enter the “A-Cat” Approved Firearm List, and thus be authorised for importation through district Arms Officers:
• It must be classified by PNHQ Arms Control
• It must be declared safe by the Armourer
• It must have a civilian use which Police approves of i.e. the item is suitable and safe for the purpose proposed by the importer and the use is provided for in NZ Law.
• The configuration in which it has been assessed for classification is a standard configuration provided by the manufacturer i.e. ANY new importation of the firearm will be exactly like the one assessed by NZ Police for classification.
Such firearms are to be recorded in detail against the dealer’s licence, and sales audited at least twice per financial year.
Did you catch it?
All new rifles imported into New Zealand must have an approved purpose that the Police alone determine to be legitimate.
Will they one day try to change THAT retroactively?
As they have just done with length? Making many guns illegal overnight.
It happened in Canada.
Approved guns suddenly declared illegitimate and demanded to be handed in.