Specialist Firearms Lawyer
Whatever your problem in regards to your interest in firearms, I can assist you with it. Firearms ownership is not only a lifelong interest for many but a hobby, a connection with the outdoors, a social interaction with friends, family and associates through pistol clubs, rifle clubs, and hunting, and often a livelihood for dealers, importers and gunsmiths.
The revocation of a firearms licence and the removal of someones firearms can have a far reaching impact on their life. A criminal conviction for firearms can have a devastating effect on overseas travel and future career prospects.
I can assist with all matters from the initial contact with the police or customs, right the way through to dealing with any licencing issues, firearm returns, court hearings and appeals. I already have an in-depth knowledge of firearm identification, classification, operation, and licencing requirements. This means you do not need to explain the basics to me.
I am a criminal barrister and for the last 20 years I have dealt with the police on a daily basis throughout New Zealand. I have a reputation for fair dealing and practical negotiation to provide the best possible outcome for you.
1 March 2019 - Radio NZ interviews - I was asked by Radio New Zealand to comment on the recent decision to arm the police in Canterbury.
Listen to 'Lately' interview
Listen to 'Morning Report' interview
13 February 2019 - Radio NZ interview about firearms licence vetting changes - I was invited by Radio New Zealand to discuss recent proposed changes by the police to licencing and vetting centralisation in Kapiti and the loss of local arms offices.
Listen to the interview here.
21 November 2018 - NZ Hunter Group v The Commissioner of Police - I am back in court for the second part of this hearing, challenging police policy about how the length of an MSSA firearm should be measured. This case is funded by the NZ Licenced Firearms Dealers (NZLFD) Trust.
9 November 2018 - IPCA report released - In 2016 I was instructed by Mr Jordan to make a formal complaint to the IPCA on his behalf. The IPCA has upheld 3 of the complaints made. One involves the leaving of 17 MSSA AR15 firearms on Mr Jordan's lawn by the police.
Read the IPCA findings here.
November 2018 - Porirua District Court - I am dealing with a matter where a person holding a standard firearms licence was charged with unlawful possession of MSSA's and pistols. This is based on the new police policy interpretation of what is or is not a pistol and will be affected by the decision in the NZ Hunter Group case.
November 2018 - High Court, Auckland - A High Court appeal from a finding of guilt in the District Court regarding the use of a Glock 17 pistol for a potential self-defence issue. The decision has been reserved. This case is partially funded by the NZ Licenced Firearms Dealers (NZLFD) Trust.