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Extension of firearms licenses for those most affected by cyclones

People with expired firearms licenses in areas affected by Cyclone Hale and Gabriel have been given more time to renew their licenses.

Angela Brazier, Executive Director of Te Tari Pūreke – Firearms Safety Authority, said many people in the cyclone-affected areas are suffering great hardships. This is a temporary but necessary extension to allow affected firearm licensees more time to renew their licenses.

This extension applies to firearms licenses, dealer licenses, and endorsements of owners whose address for licensing purposes is located in areas affected by the cyclone and subject to the declaration of a national emergency from January 10 to March 14, 2023. Applies only to comments. Regions are Auckland and Northland. , Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Hawke’s Bay, Tararua and Hauraki districts.

The extension applies to anyone who has not applied for a new license before January 10th and whose license has expired after January 11th. You must apply for a new license or authorization by 5:00 PM on August 31, 2023.

Brazier suggests that Te Tari Pūreke’s analysis suggests that up to 2,800 license holders may need an extension.

“Some license holders may have found that their current license cards were damaged by the flooding, or that they were in a very difficult situation to apply for new licenses or approvals.

“While some people may not need the time extension, giving this extension is not their fault and will protect those who are unable to apply before their current license expires. It is a necessary step for

The Firearms Safety Administration’s Firearms License Checker will ensure your license expires by August 31, 2023 in cyclone-affected areas where a state of emergency was declared between January 10 and March 14, 2023. Updated to reflect the personal situation I was planning to do. This means that these people were captured. This regulatory change will allow existing licenses to purchase weapon items, firearms, or ammunition.

Note to media:

The Arms Act of 1983 allows for regulations to extend the validity of licenses and approvals in the event of a declared emergency under the Civil Defense Emergency Management Act of 2002.

The regulations were published here on April 13th. https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2023-sl1460


Published by Police Media Center

https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/firearms-licence-extensions-those-hit-hardest-cyclones Extension of firearms licenses for those most affected by cyclones

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