The purpose of the Forum is to:
- provide a formal mechanism for representatives from the firearms community to input to the Police on policy relating to the Arms Act 1983 or the Arms Regulations 1992; and
- review and make recommendations for consideration by Police on firearms-related matters.
Membership of the Forum comprises both Police employees and non-Police employees. The non-Police members are selected for their:
- broad skills, knowledge and understanding of firearms and issues/legislation relating to firearms
- relevant practical experience and networks within the firearms community
- ability to represent a diversity of perspectives within the firearms community
- personal attributes and ability to work constructively with, and make a contribution to the Forum
- being a representative of an incorporated group (who can represent the views of the group rather than their individual view).
FCAF members represent the following groups and organisations.
- Council of Licensed Firearm Owners Inc.
- Dealer Representative
- Department of Conservation
- Federated Farmers of NZ
- Firearms Safety Council of Aotearoa
- Game Animal Council
- Retail Representative
- Handloaders Association
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Mountain Safety Council
- National Rifle Association of NZ
- New Zealand Clay Target Association (NZCTA)
- New Zealand Customs Service
- New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association
- New Zealand Service Rifle Association
- Pistol New Zealand
- Professional Guides Association
- Rural Women of New Zealand
- Target Shooting NZ
- Whakatūpato Representative
- Youth Representative
Forum meetings will only take place when Police is dealing with specific policy issues relating to the administration of the Arms Act.
Minutes from Forum meetings will be published on this website. Any recommendations the Forum makes will also be published. As the Forum is a consultative and advisory body, any recommendations will be considered by Police, but they will not be binding.