I am somewhat perplexed by the statements and actions of the leadership of our police force over recent weeks.
When visiting the Christchurch District Headquarters Firearms Office a few days ago, I picked-up a printed copy of the new 2017 ARMS CODE .. my interest was to read it thoroughly and absorb any changes to their published firearms policy.
Note: This is Police 'POLICY' - not the LAW.
Starting with the "Commissioner's Message" on the inside front cover .. he incorrectly states that "..the ownership and use of firearms is not an automatic right. It is a privilege."
I noticed new and very different versions of police policy relating to 'SELF DEFENCE' - and on page 41 of the printed version they now say that we are required to justify to police the number of firearms that we have - when they come to inspect our security .. further, the new definition of a firearm (1a) seems to include anything that might be made into a gun some time in the future!
However - the Police News Site has just published the following statement: