Unlicensed pistol grips under fire

18:51, May 27 2014
john wainwright
UNLAWFUL: Timaru police employee John Wainwright with a Bushmaster gun that has a pistol grip urges gun owners to comply with law changes.

Timaru police are urging firearm users to abide by a change in gun laws.

People with semi-automatic firearms fitted with free-standing pistol grips must contact police urgently to ensure they meet the new requirements.

The guns were reclassified as military style semi-automatic firearms in December last year.

Anyone with such a firearm has until June 11 to apply for an endorsement on their existing licence specific to the guns. Alternatively they can change the stock, or dispose of the firearm to a licensed person, firearms officer John Wainwright said.

The application fee of $204 will be waived for people applying for the endorsement, up until June 11.

"People located after the June 11 deadline will have to pay the full fee and may have the firearm in question seized by police."


The Timaru Herald