The Government updated the Arms Act in 2020 and this came into effect on 24 December 2020, introducing new requirements and obligations for health practitioners.
In summary the changes require:
- Firearms licence applicants to provide details of their health practitioner to Police,
- Police to notify the health practitioner when a licence has been issued, and
- Health practitioners to consider notifying Police if they have reason to believe their patient is a firearms licence holder and their health condition will impact on the safety of the patient or the public, if they have access to, or use of, firearms (s92).
For further information about the new obligations for health practitioners please review the information sheet for Health Practitioners.
How to notify Police
You can notify the police of your concerns (outlined in the Information Sheet):
- Online through https://forms.police.govt.nz/firearmshealthnotification
- Phone the non-emergency police number 105
- If you believe that the licence holder poses an immediate or imminent danger of self-harm or harm to other call 111