Even traffic tickets could cost your guns
Timaru police have quietly revoked about six firearms licences from people facing unrelated charges over the past year.
Following an initiative by Nelson/Tasman police to target disorderly behaviour, Timaru police are sending notices to offenders warning them they could lose their firearms licence or be refused a licence if they apply for one.
Timaru police firearms officer John Wainwright said anyone who held a firearms licence had to be "fit and proper" in the eyes of the law. If they broke the law through disorderly behaviour or traffic offences that could put their firearms licence in jeopardy.
Police had discretion on whether to proceed with revocation.
Mr Wainwright used the example of a young man whose driver's licence had been suspended seven times due to excess demerit points for speeding. He was refused a firearms licence.
In the past year 18 Timaru offenders had received notices which outlined the reasons for possible revocation. Offenders could appeal, citing reasons why they should retain their licence.
"The question is are they fit and proper if they are not abiding by the law? Are they responsible?" Mr Wainwright said.
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