Report of an Independent Inquiry
Commissioned by the Minister of Police
Printed by GP Print, Wellington
Letter of Transmittal
Friday, 20 June 1997
The Honourable J R Elder
Minister of Police
On 22 August 1996 you appointed me to conduct "an Independent Review of Firearms Control", on terms of reference then defined, and to report back by 28 February 1997.
That reporting date was later extended to 30 June 1997.
There has been widespread public interest in the Review. For that reason I submit, together with the Review you requested, a summary of its principal findings and recommendations which I am hopeful the Government will be willing to make available to interested persons without charge.
T M Thorp
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APMC Australasian Police Ministers Council
COLFO Council of Licensed Firearms Owners
DAO District Arms Office or District Arms Officer
DOC Department of Conservation
IPRU Injury Prevention Research Unit
MHC Mental Health Commission
MSSA Military style semi-automatic
NZMSC New Zealand Mountain Safety Council
NZPA New Zealand Pistol Association
PCA Police Complaints Authority
PNHQ Police National Headquarters
SLR Self-loading rifle
SSAA Sporting Shooters Association of Australia
SSANZ Sporting Shooters Association of
New Zealand Inc
I owe a considerable debt of gratitude to all members of the small team which was assembled in Auckland to gather and analyse the available information on firearms controls.
Special thanks are due to Simon Mount, who accepted the position of Research Counsel. His broad and persistent intelligence provided invaluable support to all of us.
Others who played essential parts were Jane Beasley and Claire Campbell as research assistants; Alison Cleal, Melissa Geary, Prue Meister, Kathy Mitchell and Penny Shelton as secretaries and word processors; Kate Stone as editor and Katrina Duncan as typesetter.
I must also acknowledge the assistance provided by Police National Headquarters, and in particular by Superintendent Lindsay Hunter, who accepted appointment as Police Liaison Officer to the Review, and by the people who worked most directly with him in obtaining and supplying information to it, Tracey Anderson, Clare Aubrey and Mary Schollum and also by Inspector John Coote and Mr Doug Agnew of the Firearms Section.
Many others made contributions to the work of the Review. The names and positions of most are set out in appendix 8. Their willingness to assist must speak both to the extent of interest in arms control generally, and to the desire of so many shooters that their commitment to safe firearm use should not be overlooked.
To all my thanks.
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