Inquiry into issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand

Media statement

Law and Order Select Committee

16 March 2016

Inquiry into issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand

The Law and Order Select Committee has today resolved to conduct an inquiry into issues relating to the illegal possession of firearms in New Zealand.

The committee has agreed on draft terms of reference for the inquiry. These are:

  • How widespread firearm possession is among criminals, including gangs
  • How criminals, gangs, and those who do not have a licence come into possession of firearms.

The committee will seek to hear evidence from several organisations with expertise in these areas over the coming weeks. Once the terms of reference have been finalised the committee will consider making a call for public submissions.

Chairperson Kanwaljit-Singh Bakshi said last week’s appalling shooting of four Police officers in Kawerau, and the discovery of a large cache of illegal military-style weapons in Auckland, was concerning and confirms the need to investigate how criminals are able to obtain illegal firearms.

ENDS

  

For more information contact:

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (Chairperson)
Law and Order Committee
( (04) 817 9303

OR

Andy Gardner (Clerk of the Committee)
( (04) 817 9124 or email andy.gardner@parliament.govt.nz