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Source: Amnesty International NZ

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who campaign for a world where all enjoy human rights. Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded by the individual giving of our supporters.

This submission is made on behalf of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand (AIANZ). In New Zealand we have approximately 40,000 supporters and work on a wide range of human rights issues of both national and international significance.

AIANZ supports the passing of the Arms Legislation Bill. This submission details AIANZ’s rationale for its support of this Bill from a human rights perspective. Our recommendations draw on and incorporate established international guidelines, including recommendations of the then Special Rapporteur to the UN Sub-Commission on Human Rights on the issue of preventing human rights abuses committed with small arms and light weapons, more recent statements on domestic firearms by UN bodies, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Amnesty International’s own extensive research on the impact of firearm violence on human rights, including in the US context.

In our submission we have also made comments and recommendations on specific amendments, including in relation to:

  • Regulation of firearm distributors and dealers;
  • Owner licensing, including: Duration of a firearms licence, Minimum age & Safe storage;
  • Firearms and family violence, including gender-based and sexual violence;
  • Register of Firearms;
  • Security of stocks;
  • Research and public policy development.

To read our full submission, please download the below document.