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.
The Outdoors Party gave us this reply:
It was as interesting reading the 100’s of submissions to the Law and Order Select Committee, once I found them on the crappy Parliament web site. I saw the submissions as neatly dividing into three lots:
- Educated and informed legal firearms owners, gunsmiths, dealers, trainers, sports shooters, rec hunters, gunsmiths, etc who provided facts and data to support the position that the Arms Act is good but its policing processes and procedures are bad, that a gun register is pointless unless criminals suddenly decide to register their illegal firearms and that guns are a side issue of a wider organised drugs business.
- The Police Association who are trying to do the best for their members, as any union should do, but relying on anecdotes and emotion rather than facts.
- Largely urban based people who feel gun crime is a “spree”, “increasing alarmingly”, etc and believe the facts should never get in the way of a good emotional knee-jerk reaction.
The NZ Outdoors Party communicates regularly with a number of respected gunsmiths and shooting advocates, including yourself of course, with a view to informing our policy on firearms. Our position on firearms legislation is as follows:
- The current legislation is world-class but its enforcement and policing is piecemeal and inconsistent across NZ regions.
- Any amendments to the legislation, such as a firearms register or ratcheting up home firearms security requirements, will serve only to put a financial and administrative burden on law abiding firearms owners and the police. It will do NOTHING to stem illegal procurement and use of firearms.
- Illegal use, possession and procurement of firearms should induce minimum mandatory sentences, not as a concurrent charge as is common.
David Haynes, Co-Leader, NZ Outdoors Party
That sounds very positive for responsible gun owners. Thanks Outdoors Party.
A viable option for the 250,000 licence holders about to vote.
Now lets get some of that ‘Responsible shooters’ policy up on your website as well 🙂