Firearm Prohibition Orders to ban gangs and offenders from being around guns
Police are set to get more powers to help keep guns out of the hands of criminals, gangs and high risk offenders.
On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced new tough gun laws in the form of ‘Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPO)’.
These are orders – that could be issued by either police or judges – that could potentially ban some people from possessing, using, accessing or being around firearms
The Government has released a discussion document and wants input from the public to help shape the rules, and decide who should issue the bans.
“FPOs are aimed at those who have already shown a disregard for the law through prior offending, which may include offending with firearms. They could be a gang member, or part of an extremist ideological group, or a person with a history of family harm,” Nash said.
The consultation document was deliberately broad, Nash said.
It sought to find out the type of previous convictions that could make a person eligible and the extent of police enforcement powers, such as searching people and property without a warrant.
It also wanted feedback on whether police or judges should make decisions about FPOs.