Our recommendations

Implementing the firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme.

We recommend that the New Zealand Police:

  1. build on their engagement with firearms owners and licensed firearms dealers gained during the firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme to further strengthen relationships and build trust and confidence in how the current and future firearms regulatory framework is implemented;
  2. improve the information they use to support their regulatory responsibilities for firearms and firearms owners, and their management of that information; and
  3. design and implement a framework to evaluate the extent to which changes to firearms regulation have made New Zealand safer, including taking steps to find out what level of compliance with the scheme has been achieved, and publicly report the findings of future evaluations to ensure that Parliament and the public have trust and confidence in their administration of firearms legislation.