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.
May 2019 - Successful appeal - Auckland District Court - Mackenzie v The Commissioner of Police
An appeal against a refusal to issue a firearms licence. The decision by the police was overturned by Judge Harrison. Read the full decision.
7 May 2019 - Auckland Shooters Club special meeting
I have been asked to attend to give a presentation and discussion on the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Bill.
29 April 2019 - Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Bill - Legal Opinion
I have been instructed by COLFO and am currently in the process of drafting an opinion on this Act and associated Regulations.
4 April 2019 - Select Committee hearing - Wellington
I attended the Select Committee hearing on the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Bill.
1 April 2019 - Submissions to Select Committee
I was instructed by IMAS to file submissions to the Select Committee for the hearing of the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines and Parts) Amendment Bill.
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.