It’s Never Enough: More Gun Laws Passed in New Zealand
By Chris Eger
With no Second Amendment to fall back on, gun owners in New Zealand are restricted in what they can own and even that meager allowance is now subject to increasing regulation. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Despite enacting a sweeping firearms ban last year, officials in New Zealand have successfully pushed a new set of regulations designed to inform gun owners of their precarious “privilege.”
The latest Arms Legislation Bill passed through the New Zealand Parliament last week despite a modicum of resistance from members who thought it went too far and only scapegoats law-abiding gun owners in the country. With that, the measure is expected to achieve Royal Assent this week with some restrictions taking place immediately.
“Owning a firearm is a privilege,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash in supporting the legislation. “In order for a person to be given that privilege, they must take responsibility to protect and promote public safety. The vast majority of gun owners are law-abiding and responsible. The changes reinforce the positive behavior required of all gun owners.”
The move reduces the term of a firearms license from 10 to five years, bans pistol-length semi-automatic rifles, and shortens endorsements for those who depend on guns for agricultural pest control. Likewise, the