Firearms safety programme to change

The hassle to make two trips to complete your firearms safety programme will soon be over.

Police are making changes after considering feedback from people applying for their firearms license.

Acting Superintendent Mike McIlraith says they will now combine the theory test and practical training into the same session.

““The “one session” approach means if people successfully complete the one firearms safety course, they will have met their testing and training requirements under the Arms Act as part of their firearms license application process,” he says.

“We also received feedback that additional training locations are needed across the country and we’ve taken that on board.

“There will be 66 locations progressively coming online for 2019.”

“The current firearms safety programme will remain in place until the end of February 2019.

“Theory tests can continue to be undertaken at participating AA and VTNZ sites and the Mountain Safety Council will continue to offer practical training sessions across the country. “

Mike says at the completion of the theory test all course attendees will take part in the practical training.

He says anyone who fails the theory test first up, will be given a second and final attempt at the test.


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