New Zealand Police are encouraging public representations of proposals for new rules for shooting clubs and shooting ranges to help keep society safe from firearms.

On June 24, 2022, a new part of the Weapons Act 1983 comes into force to strengthen oversight of shooting clubs and shooting ranges. The new laws set requirements for all shooting clubs to be approved and all shooting ranges to be certified by a police commissioner.

Proposals for new rules are voiced to the public so that those affected can comment on the practical details and help shape the final form of the rules. Public consultations on the new regulations for shooting clubs and shooting ranges are now open and will last for six weeks, until May 4, 2022.

“The new rules recognize the important role that shooting clubs and shooting ranges play in promoting the responsible and safe use of firearms by providing a safe, controlled space for the use of firearms for recreation,” said Deputy Commissioner Jevon McSkimming.

“The vast majority of clubs and landfills work responsibly and do so on a voluntary basis. Now the law requires that such an approach be provided in the future through a regulatory framework. We want to test the rules on firearms and the general public to make sure all opinions have been heard and make the new rules effective for everyone. ”

Established shooting clubs and shooting ranges may continue their target shooting activities until they apply for approval or certification by June 24, 2023. Firearms police officers work with shooting club committees and shooting range operators to help them prepare so they are ready to apply as soon as the rules apply. This is likely to happen in late 2022.

These changes are the latest of significant and ongoing improvements to the firearms control regime in response to the March 15, 2019 terrorist attack on Christchurch’s Masseid.

The consultation document and additional information can be found on the police website here: https://www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/firearms-and-safety/what-do-i-need-know/new-firearms-laws-and-what-they-mean/consultation-shooting- clubs-polygy-regulations.

More information about clubs and bands can be found here: https://www.police.govt.nz/advice-services/firearms-and-safety/what-do-i-need-know/new-firearms-laws-and-what-they-mean/info-clubs- ranges.

Applications are accepted until May 4, 2022.

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Published by the police media center.

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