Gun politics in New Zealand

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the results of the general election in New Zealand

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 4:05pm

OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 17, 2020 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the results of New Zealand's general election:

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, Oct. 17, 2020 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the results of New Zealand's general election:
    "On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on her electoral victory.
  • "Canada and New Zealand share a strong friendship built on close people-to-people ties and common priorities.
  • I look forward to working with Prime Minister Ardern on advancing these priorities when New Zealand hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum next year.
  • "We remain committed to deepening our relationship and working towards a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world."

Prime Minister announces ban on assault-style firearms

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 5:28pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the ban of over 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms.

Key Points: 
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the ban of over 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms.
  • By the end of the amnesty period, all firearms owners must comply with the ban.
  • "Prohibiting these firearms immediately freezes the market in Canada for the most prevalent assault-style firearms that are not suitable for hunting or sports shooting purposes.
  • Firearms owners must keep their firearms securely stored in accordance with the storage requirements until more information on the buy-back program is available.

Great Premiere - Should I buy a gun? An AMERICA TeVe News Special Series

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 9:38pm

MIAMI, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- America CV Network premieres the special series, Should I buy a gun?

Key Points: 
  • MIAMI, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- America CV Network premieres the special series, Should I buy a gun?
  • In fact, there are now more than 400 million weapons in private hands in the United States, or 120 per 100 inhabitants.
  • - a special series that includes the opinions of those for and against firearms and shows a different perspective on this social phenomenon.
  • I hope that those who choose to buy a gun will do so in a responsible way and following the directions we show in the series," declared Adriana.

Charges of illegally importing firearms and prohibited devices laid at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu courthouse

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:45pm

MONTREAL, Feb. 20, 2020 /CNW/ - A woman appeared today at the the SaintJeansurRichelieu courthouse after being charged, on January 17, 2020, with importing illegally obtained firearms, as well as prohibited and restricted devices.

Key Points: 
  • MONTREAL, Feb. 20, 2020 /CNW/ - A woman appeared today at the the SaintJeansurRichelieu courthouse after being charged, on January 17, 2020, with importing illegally obtained firearms, as well as prohibited and restricted devices.
  • According to a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) investigation, on September 22, 2018, Ms. Esposito imported 17 prohibited firearms, 2 restricted firearms and 33 prohibited devices (1 silencer and 32 magazines).
  • People crossing the border into Canada are required to declare all weapons and firearms in their possession when they arrive at the point of entry.
  • Travellers who do not declare firearms upon arrival can face criminal prosecution.

NSSF Releases Firearms Production Figures

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:21pm

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, released the 2017 Firearms Production Report to members.

Key Points: 
  • WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, released the 2017 Firearms Production Report to members.
  • Key findings for public release showed:
    The estimated total number of firearms in civilian possession from 1986-2018 is 422.9 million, according to data reported in the ATF's Firearms Commerce Report in the United States 2019 report and including the preliminary 2018 Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER) figures.
  • The report also shows that as lawful firearms ownership in America continues to grow, criminal and unintentional misuse of firearms is falling.
  • Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers nationwide.

Firearms

Monday, June 24, 2019 - 3:06pm

Monday, June 24, 2019In the UK gun ownership is a privilege not a right. Firearms are heavily regulated. Not all guns can be licensed. Individuals seeking to own guns that can be licenced are vetted and approved by the police.

Key Points: 
  • The principal piece of legislation which regulates the possession of firearms and ammunition in Great Britain is the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended).
  • However, there are a further 34 pieces of legislation which contain provisions relating to firearms.
  • The Home Office has published various pieces of guidance relating to firearms, a collection of which can be found on the GOV.UK webpage: Firearms licensing.

Overview of recent policy developments

  • The Law Commission identified several loopholes and made a number of specific recommendations to tighten the law.
  • The inspectorate recommended that the Government review the status of guidance to police forces on their duties in relation to firearms.

Key issues in firearms regulations

    Firearms licensing

    • HMIC found several inconsistencies in the way forces dealt with firearms licensing.
    • They recommended that the Home Office enhance the status of guidance on firearms licensing law, which currently has no statutory footing.

    Antique firearms

    • Antique weapons are largely exempt from firearms regulations so long as they are held as a curiosity or ornament.
    • The Law Commission raised concerns that the law poorly defined antique weapons and that this provided a loophole by which criminals could easily obtain dangerous weapons.

    Air weapons


      Air weapons are largely exempt from the firearms licensing scheme in England and Wales though they are subject to licensing controls in Scotland and Northern Ireland. There have been longstanding concerns about the safe regulation of air weapons and the Government is currently reviewing the legislation. This briefing paper does not discuss air weapons regulation, a separate Library briefing: Air Weapons discusses the issue.

    Other Library brefings about firearms