Remember when Police used to notify shooters of an important law change?

14 September 2020
Our Reference: IR-01-20-22932

Dear Mike
I am writing to you in response to your request dated 5 August 2020. You asked for:

Provide examples of all advertising / any information campaign notifying shooters of the change in law regarding newly restricted ammunition types.

Your request has been considered under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act).

Police did not have a specific information campaign relating to any single class of prohibited arms item, whether it was ammunition, magazines, firearms or parts. Attached are two letters that were sent to firearm licence holders and included specific advice relating to prohibited ammunition and detailed processes for hand in. As you will note, these cover a broad range of topics relating to the Amnesty and Buyback scheme.

As you may also be aware, the Arms (Prohibited Ammunition) Order 2019 came into force on 21 June 2019. Information relating to it was available on the Police website.

A key focus of all public messaging in relation to the Amnesty and Buyback Scheme was to direct people to the Police website for all information relating to the Scheme, and this included all the relevant information relating to prohibited ammunition.

For your information, Police has developed a process for proactive release of information, so the anonymised response to your request may be publicly released on the New Zealand Police website.

Yours sincerely
Richard Wilson
Programme Lead
Amnesty and Buyback
Arms Act Service Delivery Group

Police attached THIS email:

That is it.

That is all Police gave shooters to notify them that they are now criminals facing prison.

Any farmer reading that would assume that ‘prohibited ammo’ was incendiary or other exotic rarities. When it was their military surplus ammo.

What utter contempt.