Police to target law-abiding kiwis and create a slush fund

COLFO Media release

The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) has today rallied its members to make submissions against excessive fees proposed by Police that will put public safety at risk.

COLFO says the huge expense of the new fees will start the long-term decline of firearm ownership and use in New Zealand, leaving the nation vulnerable to pests and without humane animal disposal, removing a means of food gathering, removing a sport in which New Zealand excels, destroying a hobby and a significant part of the screen industry, and removing historic artifacts.   

In a newly released consultation document, Police have announced their intention to charge firearm owners the full cost of all public-safety compliance and administrative activity.[1] Day-to-day operation of the systems will be entirely paid for by firearms owners. The user-funded model will introduce new fees like $2,360 for a one-off inspection of a film production site. Existing fees will increase by as much as 2600%.

Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) spokesperson Hugh Devereux-Mack says the consultation is the pointy end of a long line of expensive and arduous regulatory changes introduced by Police, which it now wants the people it regulates to pay full price for.

“The likely outcome will be that it’s too expensive to own a firearm for sport, for food, for pest control, for animal management on farms, for movie making, and to keep history alive.”

Under recent Government changes to the Arms Act, Police have proposed extensive regulatory changes to fees. Last June Police said the new systems were being introduced for the purpose of “providing a secure, easy-to-use system for gun owners.”[2] It is worth remembering the changes are a result of Police administration being found wanting by the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Mosque attacks.

“Police-led changes include extensive new paperwork and safety benchmarks required of clubs and ranges, a new online portal for license holders, various new permits and inspections required of museums, collectors, dealerships, and film sets, and the new firearms register,” says Devereux-Mack.

“But there is a massive cost to the public-safety compliance, and it is proposed that firearm owners pay for it all.

“Extensive administration and high wages for more keyboard-punchers mean the Police again turn to, and against, firearm owners.

“It shows that the licensed firearm owners NZ Police seem to hold in such dismal regard, are in fact the very foundation of a safe, well-functioning system, and have been entrusted by the public with general firearms safety for decades.”

“However, relying on the personal financial circumstances of Kiwis to uphold an expensive system concerning public safety creates the significant risk of worsening safety, not bettering it.”

“Police have proposed the standard firearms license fee increase by up to 400%. The mandatory firearms safety course will become a new additional cost to administrative fees.

“Police want to charge firearms dealerships for the full cost of all vetting, compliance and security assessments, legal assessment, and recording requirements, raising the fee from $204 a year to $2,570.

“Such large increases could risk cost-cutting activity from dealers in other areas, or non-compliance from licensed firearm owners. It could well drive firearms further underground, as expensive and complicated regulation force firearms, and licensed firearm owners, out of the public eye of gun shows and firearm ranges and into the grey market, where good people are made criminals.

“We need a system where a farmer can sell a firearm to a neighbour without paying expensive administrative fees and subjecting the trade to stacks of paperwork.


“We need a system where kids growing up around firearms are encouraged to go to a range and learn correct handling and safety.

“We need a system where your income is not a barrier to hunting for food for the family, picking up an Olympic sport, controlling pests on your property, showcasing war memorabilia, or producing an international-level film in New Zealand.

“The proposed fees, and the system it pays for, are not in the best interest of Kiwis, and will not make New Zealand safer.”


For further information contact: Hugh Devereux-Mack. 027 362 0853

Note to the editor: The Government awarded Police $208 million in funding over four years to establish the systems and the Firearms Branded Business Unit (FBBU) that oversees its operation, with $13m going to the Australian company developing the register.


[2] https://www.policeassn.org.nz/news/gun-registry-will-target-safety-and-security#/


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6 Responses to Police to target law-abiding kiwis and create a slush fund

  1. Teddy Roosterveldt says:

    “The likely outcome will be that it’s too expensive to LEGALLY own a firearm……..”

    The gun confiscation massively increased the number of grey market guns but these stupid, ill thought through new measures mean we ain’t seen nothing yet!

  2. Jack Tuahawaiki says:

    It’s so obvious, the government and compliant police have an agenda to disarm the law abiding public.
    How about police disarm the gangs and criminals?

  3. Predator Pete says:

    I recently completed the police questionnaire.
    My overarching concerns with “user pays” are i) equity – there is no competition or means to prove the alleged costs are justified.
    Ii) core regulatory roles should be funded by Government independently of the party or parties being regulated
    (Prisoners quite rightly do not pay prison warders.
    Food Safety became compromised when compliance managers were required to recover the total cost of Meat Inspection from the Licensee. The “product” in this situation is a Government to Oversea Government assurance that the exported meat met client country specifications).
    Core policing should be funded by Government otherwise this becomes privatization of NZ police by stealth.
    We are not clients purchasing a product.

  4. Teddy Roosterveldt says:

    If a firearms licence is required to enhance public safety then the public (the government using taxpayers money) should fund the cost. A firearms licence confers absolutely no benefit at all to a law abiding shooters and they should not have to pay exorbitant fees for one. If the police are unable to provide the service cheaply for reasons of bureaucratic inefficiency then the should hand over firearms licencing to an independent authority as Ardern promised. Licenced shooters should not have to fund police inefficiency.
    An expensive licence fee will encourage non compliance which taken with the other foolish and ill advised measures (the registry) will lead to a massive increase in the number of grey market guns which in turn will potentially increase the number of guns available to criminals on the black market. How is it possible that supposedly knowledgeable and experienced police officers do not understand this?

  5. Dave Rhodes says:

    More guns available for our gangs. Likely mean cops will have to be better armed leading to a firearms escalation.
    Meanwhile the poor public are unable to eradicate pests or put nutritious food on the table.

  6. Bud jones JonesQSM says:

    Make no mistake the desired end result of this commie led regime is to disarm the public by white anting your rights.
    Nibble slowly away at the foundations until collapse is inevitable. & your fight back.too little too late. This is the same way we are being taken into an ethno -apatheid state.It’s the boiled frog syndrome.Everywhere around us now the temp rising & we don’t notice it until it’s too late.

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