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Consultation begins over proposed firearms licensing fees hike

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The discussion document Arms Regulations Review of Fees invites public submissions until 16 February 2023.
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A consultation process on firearms licensing fees opens today, with police pushing for a greater contribution towards the cost of providing regulatory services.

Other than GST adjustments, firearms licensing fees have remained unchanged since 1999.

The cost of delivering arms regulatory services has risen substantially during that time, police said in a statement today.

Deputy Commissioner Jevon McSkimming said a greater contribution toward the cost of providing regulatory services (licences, endorsements, permits, approvals) is now being sought.

This contribution will be sought from licence holders whether they use firearms for business, employment, or recreation.

“At the moment, licence holders are paying less than 15 percent of the true cost of a licence,” McSkimming said.

“Even if the current firearms licence fee was doubled, it would fall well short of the actual cost.

“Increasing the fee for a firearms licence from $126.50 to $242.50 still requires a Crown contribution of 75 percent.

“This review is about exploring different levels of Crown funding and fees for those who use the services of licensing, permitting and approvals. We want to make it more equitable for all.”

Some services of direct commercial and private benefit, such as applications for import permits, are currently delivered for free.

McSkimming said firearms applications were being processed faster, with the average time for a second or subsequent firearms licence application having reduced from nine months in May 2022, to seven months in October.

“We expect to see this downward trend continue.

The discussion document Arms Regulations Review of Fees invites public submissions until 16 February 2023. It can be found on the Police website.

All submissions will be assessed and considered by Cabinet.

Story Credit: rnz.co.nz

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