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Central District - Police officer receives formal warning for Arms Act breach

30 August 2021

The Authority oversaw a Police investigation into an allegation that an officer fired a heirloom pistol during a hunting trip in rural Horowhenua. The officer had a Category C endorsement for the pistol which required it be kept within the limits of his house and not used in any kind of live firing.

Police found the officer breached section 36 of the Arms Act 1983, by removing the pistol from his house and firing the pistol. The officer received a formal warning for breaching the Arms Act, and this warning was also recorded against his firearms licence.

The officer received an employment sanction, and the Authority agrees with the Police's findings and outcome.


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