Association pleased officers’ concerns recognised by firearms inquiry

NZPA | Tue March 15th, 2016

“The Police Association welcomes the decision by the Law and Order Select Committee to inquire into why criminals are accessing firearms so easily,” Police Association President Greg O’Connor said today.

“Police officers have been expressing their concerns about the number of people who should never have access to firearms being in possession of these weapons,” Mr O’Connor said.

“Last week’s events where four officers were shot, a cache of military-style semi-automatic firearms was seized, two people were murdered by firearms, and a cache of guns was located in Hawke’s Bay are evidence of the extent of the problem.”

“This inquiry needs to focus on whether it is faulty regulations or inadequate policing, or a combination of both, which is at the heart of the problem.”

“The Association will be offering full assistance to the select committee to assist in their deliberations,” he said.

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