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Thorp Review of Firearms Control in NZ
Summary and Conclusions from the report of an independant inquiry commisioned by the Minister of Police, June 1997.
Foreword

On 22 August 1996 the Minister of Police asked me to make an independent review of our arms control arrangements, and such recommendations for their improvement as seemed appropriate. At the same time he invited interested persons to make written submissions. In the result some 2,880 submissions were received, signed by more than 3,500 people, and conveying the views of a much greater number if account is taken of the membership of the organisations which made submissions on their members' behalf.

The breadth of public interest in arms control displayed by those submissions, which proved to mirror a worldwide upsurge of interest in improving methods of arms control over recent years, showed the need for a document setting out the central findings and conclusions of the Review in more digestible and less expensive form than the full report, which runs to around 300 pages. This summary attempts to fill that need.

Gun control is a complex business. Those whose interests go beyond the material in the summary should seek the justification for its assertions in the report itself. The relevant sections of the report are identified in square brackets throughout the summary.

T M Thorp
Auckland 30 June 1997



The Way Forward
Standing back from the specific issues it is clear that there is a need for a totally new approach to firearms control  read story...
Numbers of Firearms Offences
There are some 4,000 Firearms offences each year  read story...
Where We Are Now
Our Present System of Firearms Control  read story...

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Summary and Conclusions from the report of an independant inquiry commisioned by the Minister of Police, June 1997.

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