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To: Stuart Nash, Minister of Police
Strengthen NZ gun laws: Create a gun register
We support and applaud the Government's Arms Amendment Bill and seek even more strengthening of gun control though the creation of a Gun Register that requires all guns in New Zealand to be registered.
Why is this important?
The Arms Amendment Bill that followed the white-supremacist terror attack in Christchurch is an excellent step towards ridding New Zealand of dangerous weapons of war - but it doesn't go far enough.
Right now New Zealand remains almost alone with the United States in not having a register of firearms. Without one, authorities don't know where guns are are or who owns them.
There are about 250,000 registered firearms licence holders, and estimates of the number of guns in the country range from 1.2 million to 3m - 15,000 of these guns were semi-automatic weapons.
Along with the USA, New Zealand is one of the few places where owners don’t have to register each weapon, except for certain categories of firearm.
Registering each gun would reduce illegal sales and theft of guns.
The gun lobby is mobilising to slow down and dilute any action taken to restrict gun ownership. It's vital that we counter that by showing support for the Arms Amendment Bill and that New Zealanders want even better gun control laws.