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.
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.
29 - 30 September 2018 - The Sika Show, Great Lakes Event Centre, Taupo - I have been instructed by COLFO to attend the show from 10 - 1 pm on both days to speak to and answer questions from the firearms community regarding current court actions and issues in relations to firearms law in New Zealand. I look forward to seeing you there if you are able to attend.
August 2018 - Gray v Police - High Court, Auckland
I have filed papers in the High Court for an appeal concerning the use of a firearm for self defence.
August 2018 - I have been instructed by Gun City, Christchurch to file court proceedings against the Commissioner of Police about the importation of MSSA firearms into New Zealand. Read article here
26 July 2018 - Radio Live interview about police shooting in Myers Park - I was asked to comment after the release of the coroner's report about the death of David Cerven, which found that it was not a "suicide by cop".
Listen to the interview here
June 2018 - Police v A & K - Hamilton District Court - six charges relating to unlawful hunting, trespass and theft of deer. After a two-day Judge alone trial, all charges were dismissed in a reserved judgment by Judge Menzies.
View decision of Judge Menzies
27 November 2017 - "Stuff" article about police shootings
I was contacted by Fairfax Media to make comment concerning the number of fatal police shootings occurring at a disproportionate rate in relation to our population.
View article here
28 July 2017 - Newstalk ZB interview regarding the recent farm shooting in Northland of three people by an unlicenced person. Listen below.