Consultation on draft guidelines for schools developing a firearms policy
We do not support the unsupervised access of firearms in schools. However, we do acknowledge that there may be legitimate circumstances where firearms may be part of students’ education and/or sporting activity.
For this reason we’ve worked with New Zealand Schools’ Trustees Association (NZSTA), New Zealand Police and the Schools Health and Safety Sector Reference Group (which includes AIMS, APIS, APPA, NKAI, NZPF, NZEI, NZSSPC, SEPA, SPANZ, TKKM, ERO, WorkSafe) to develop draft guidelines for schools to help them develop a firearms policy.
The draft guidelines will support boards of trustees to:
- understand their roles and responsibilities;
- ensure they meet their obligations under the Arms Act 1983, Arms Regulations 1992 and Health and Safety at Work Act 2015;
- clarify situations when firearms are permitted in schools and the processes that must be followed.
Consultation on the draft guidelines is open and closes on 11 April
We’re now wanting your feedback on these draft guidelines. Consultation is open from Monday 5 March 2018 until Wednesday 11 April 2018. Please share and discuss them with your board and school community.
- Draft guidelines for schools developing a firearms policy[PDF, 246 KB]
- Tools and resources to support the draft guidelines for schools developing a firearms policy[PDF, 223 KB]
Send your Feedback to email@example.com.
What happens after the consultation closes
In May 2018, the Sector Reference Group will meet in Wellington to review feedback, draft a summary report, and make any recommended changes to the draft guidelines. We’ll publish the final guidelines in July 2018.
As One News reports it:
The Ministry of Education says it is seeking feedback on how to regulate the way schools provide firearms to pupils engaging in educational or sporting activities.
Loading bullets into a shotgun.
In a release today, a spokesperson said it is clear that guidelines are needed, and said the ministry will be undertaking consultation.
“We know there are differing opinions on schools allowing students to participate in activities involving firearms,” Katrina Casey said.
“There has also been considerable public debate on the appropriateness of firearms being bought into schools.”
There are currently considerable health and safety guidelines for schools, but no firearm-specific guidelines.
“We are now inviting schools, parents and communities to provide feedback on the guidelines,” Ms Casey said.
Here is the draft document:
Send them your thoughts team and remember – shotguns take bullets.
Shooting in schools is the oldest youth service organisation in New Zealand and boasts 150 years with no issue. Lets keep it.