Police Minister Judith Collins is signalling tighter controls on the licensing of firearms to gang members.
“I was really shocked the other day to find that being a gang member doesn’t preclude someone from having a firearms licence, because, apparently, you’re still a fit and proper person,” Ms Collins told Q&A today.
She says “this is the sort of nonsense that we need to change the law on”.
Parliament’s law and order select committee is holding an inquiry into the illegal possession of firearms.
It is looking at how widespread firearm possession is among criminals, including gangs, and how criminals, gangs and those who do not have a licence come into possession of firearms.
The public clearly expect any firearms held by gangs to have been obtained illegally. To discover that some of the gang members have a bona fide firearms licence has been a shock to many. Read more »