Farmers pleased with NZ First amendments to firearms bill

Farmers are rejoicing after Labour agreed to an amendment pushed by New Zealand First in the firearms bill that will allow the use of restricted guns for pest control. 

Concessions on gun control mean farmers will be able to apply for a licence to use restricted firearms for pest control.

The gun register could also be delayed with a roll out coming in three years rather than two.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is taking credit for the changes. His Party was also successful in gaining a concession for an Independent Arms Authority that would take the responsibility of administering and licensing firearms from the New Zealand Police.

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