Arms Legislation Bill

36 New sections 24A to 24C inserted

After section 24, insert:

24A Fit and proper person to hold firearms licence

(1)

A member of the Police may, for the purposes of section 24(1)(a)(ii), find an applicant is not a fit and proper person to be in possession of a firearm or airgun if the member of the Police is satisfied that 1 or more of the following circumstances exist:

(a)

the applicant has been charged with or convicted of an offence in New Zealand or overseas that is punishable by a term of imprisonment (including, but not limited to, an offence involving violence, drugs, or alcohol):

(b)

the applicant has been charged with or convicted of an offence under this Act:

(c)

the applicant has been charged with or convicted of an offence against—

(i)

section 231A of the Crimes Act 1961; or

(ii)

the Wildlife Act 1953; or

(iii)

the Wild Animal Control Act 1977:

(d)

the applicant has, or has had at any time, a temporary protection order made against them under—

(i)

section 79 of the Family Violence Act 2018; or

(ii)

section 14 of the Domestic Violence Act 1995:

(e)

the applicant has engaged in any conduct involving non-compliance with any requirements of—

(i)

this Act; or

(ii)

any regulations made under this Act; or

(iii)

any conditions to which a permit, licence, or endorsement previously issued to the applicant under this Act was subject:

(f)

the applicant has exhibited significant mental health issues, including attempted suicide or other self-injurious behaviour, that might adversely affect their ability to safely possess firearms:

(g)

the applicant abuses alcohol, or is dependent on alcohol, to an extent that affects detrimentally their judgement or behaviour:

(h)

the applicant uses drugs (illegal or legal) in a way that affects detrimentally their judgement or behaviour:

(i)

the applicant is a member of, or has close affiliations with, a gang or an organised criminal group:

(j)

the applicant has shown patterns of behaviour demonstrating a tendency to exhibit, encourage, or promote violence, hatred, or extremism:

(k)

the applicant has been assessed as a risk to a State’s national security.

(2)

In determining whether, for the purpose of section 24(1)(a)(ii), an applicant is a fit and proper person to be in possession of a firearm or an airgun, the member of the Police may take into account—

(a)

whether the applicant—

(i)

has a sound knowledge of the safe possession and use of firearms:

(ii)

understands the legal obligations of a holder of a firearms licence, including the endorsements that may be made on a firearms licence; and

(b)

any other matters the member of the Police considers appropriate.

(3)

The member of the Police may, for the purpose of determining whether a person is a fit and proper person to be in possession of a firearm or an airgun,—

(a)

seek and receive any information that the member of the Police thinks appropriate; and

(b)

consider information obtained from any source.

(4)

If the member of the Police proposes to take into account any information that is or may be prejudicial to an applicant’s application, the member of the Police must, subject to subsection (5), disclose that information to the applicant and give the applicant a reasonable opportunity to refute or comment on it.

(5)

Nothing in subsection (4) requires the member of the Police to disclose any information to an applicant if that disclosure would be likely to—

(a)

endanger the safety of any person; or

(b)

prejudice the security or defence of New Zealand or the international relations of the Government of New Zealand; or

(c)

prejudice the entrusting of information to the Police, the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, or the Government Communications Security Bureau on a basis of confidence by—

(i)

the government of any other country; or

(ii)

any international organisation.

(6)

In this section,—

gang has the meaning given in section 4 of the Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Act 2013

organised criminal group has the meaning given in section 98A of the Crimes Act 1961.

24B General conditions of firearms licence

(1)

Every firearms licence is issued subject to the conditions that the holder of firearms licence must,—

(a)

when using a firearm, act in a way that does not pose a risk to themselves or others; and

(b)

produce any firearm within the licence holder’s possession to a member of the Police on demand; and

(c)

permit a member of the Police to inspect all firearms in the licence holder’s possession, and the place or places where the firearms are kept and, for that purpose, to enter at all reasonable times upon the premises where that place or those places are situated; and

(d)

permit a member of the Police to inspect the security arrangements in any vehicle used by the holder to transport the licence holder’s firearms; and

(e)

inform a member of the Police if, after the issue of the licence, any of the circumstances described in section 24A(1) apply to the licence holder.

(2)

It is the duty of every member of the Police exercising any power conferred by subsection (1)(c) or (d)

(a)

to give notice of the proposed inspection under subsection (1)(c); and

(b)

to identify themselves to the holder of the firearms licence; and

(c)

to tell the holder of the firearms licence that the power is being exercised under subsection (1)(c) or (d), as the case may be; and

(d)

if they are not in uniform, to produce on initial entry, and, if requested, at any subsequent time, evidence that they are a member of the Police.

(3)

Subsections (1)(c) and (2) are subject to section 31A if the licence bears an endorsement made under section 30 or 30B.

24C Special condition of firearms licence relating to sale or supply of ammunition

Every firearms licence issued to an ammunition seller relating to the sale or supply of ammunition is subject to the condition that the ammunition seller have appropriate facilities to ensure the secure storage of all ammunition that, at any time, they possess.