Certain types of air-guns are going to require a license to own and operate. That has nothing to do with banning anything, lest anyone is tempted to jump on that bandwagon. This is about reasonable restrictions to reduce crime.
What's your opinion? Did anyone notice the Police Minister is named Judy Collins and the acronym for the type of gun is PCP? Any other 70s references and I'd begin to think this whole thing was satire. How about you?From 12am today these guns can only be possessed by a person at least 16 years old and the holder of a firearms licence, or a person under the supervision of a licence holder. Owners of air rifles affected by the change will have three months to obtain a firearms licence or dispose of the air rifle.
The change would apply to pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air rifles which have been described as the weapon of choice for criminals. It would not apply to older-style spring-powered airguns or air guns powered by CO2 cartridges, BB guns or paintball guns.
“This change will mean that violent criminals can no longer walk in off the street and buy a class of airgun that can have similar power to a firearm,” [Police Minister Judith] Collins says.
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