Nash, PM admit giving wrong gun information

Police Minister Stuart Nash. Photo: Getty Images
Police Minister Stuart Nash. Photo: Getty Images
Police Minister Stuart Nash admits he got it wrong when he announced the second tranche of gun law reform on Monday, while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blamed officials.

During Monday’s post-Cabinet press conference, Mr Nash and Ms Ardern repeatedly said that the new rules would prevent anyone except a New Zealand citizen from being granted a firearms licence.

But the policy actually only prevents licences being granted to visitors, meaning people in New Zealand for less than a year.

Citizens, residents and Australians living in New Zealand will be able to apply for a licence.

‘‘I made a mistake,’’ Mr Nash said yesterday morning.

‘‘I said yesterday that you had to be a citizen to have a licence. That’s not correct.

‘‘If you’re coming into this country on a visitor’s permit, you’ll have to get a special licence, but you’ll not be able to purchase a firearm. But if you are resident in this country, you’ll be able to apply for a firearms licence.’’

Ms Ardern was wrong when she said that the man accused of the March 15 mosque shootings, an Australian citizen, would not have been eligible for a firearms licence under the new rules.

She said she had been misinformed by staff.

‘‘I asked a direct question yesterday of officials around that and unfortunately got given the wrong advice.’’ 

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Does anyone far left know what they are talking about . this proves the word snowflake or snowflakes

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