From all the above, the responses to the questions asked in the terms of reference must be:


1. That the Arms Act 1983 and its subsequent amendments do not provide an effective code for the control of firearms in New Zealand, and in particular:

a) that the 1992 Amendment has received a low level of general compliance by the public, from which it follows

b) that the Police have not "been able to adequately enforce compliance".


2. That there is a need for radical reform of the firearms laws. This is most likely to be achieved by a staged programme of reform, managed by an Authority not
affected by conflicting interests and loyalties, in the manner outlined in this report.


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