Submission on the New Zealand Arms Legislation Bill of 2019
11 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2019
Date Written: October 21, 2019
The Arms Legislation Bill of 2019 creates a regulatory behemoth that focuses exclusively on non-violent, lawful firearms ownership. No convincing evidence has been presented to justify the numerous restrictions on the lawful use and possession of arms and ammunition.
A review of the international evidence shows that civilian firearms ownership does not pose a public safety hazard. Moreover, there is no convincing evidence that the introduction of strict regulations on firearms ownership acts to reduce criminal violence or suicide rates.
The Arms Legislation Bill of 2019 focuses exclusively on firearms, but terrorists use a variety of methods to murder large numbers of people. How will the billions of dollars spent on creating an ineffective if massive police bureaucracy be justified if another mass murder occurs again whether or not firearms are involved?
Keywords: firearms, gun control, terrorism, civilians, police, murder
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