Last month in the Waitematā court, another firearms licence holder was charged with the unlawful possession of over 35 firearms and ammunition in excess of 15,000 rounds for those firearms.
“Having a firearms licence comes with the responsibility to act in the interests of public safety,” Wilson said about the licence holder who appeared in court on December 15.
Wilson said most licence holders are good law-abiding people who won’t ever draw police attention.
“However, diversion of firearms will remain an ongoing focus for police, as there continues to be demand from criminals to source firearms that they can’t get because they aren’t licenced,” he said.
“Our focus therefore is on those people and businesses in our community that are intent on breaking the law to supply those firearms knowing full well who they are going to and the significant harm that can be caused in our communities when these firearms are used to intimidate hurt and sometimes kill people in our community.”
Wilson said a lot can happen in a firearms licence holder’s life which may mean they turn to diversion.
“The reason behind diversion is often due to pressure on the individual. It could be financial, drug-related, or maybe they’re being pressured by family or associates,” Wilson said.
“It’s police’s job, with the support of the Firearms Registry, to make sure this doesn’t happen and put our community safety at risk.”