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 24 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.
March 2021 - Hamilton District Court - Telford v The Commissioner of Police
Appeal against revocation of licence and refusal to issue a new firearms licence. The appeal was successful and the judge ordered the revocation be overturned and a new licence issued.
Read the decision here.
15 March 2021 - Taupo District Court - Police v S & L
Judge alone trial for unlawful possession of a firearm. Issues concerning self defence, defence of property, unlawful search, definition of possession and what is or is not a firearm.
March 2021 - Auckland District Court
Defending charges of unlawful possession of prohibited firearms and magazines; a pre-trial hearing challenging the legality of the search.
February 2021 - Christchurch District Court - Police v F
Appeal against the refusal to issue an import permit to a licenced firearms dealer.
January 2021 - Nelson District Court - Police v P
Unlawful hunting charges, case defended, not guilty to all charges.
August 2020 - I was interviewed by CGTN News about the changes to firearms laws as a result of the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings.
Watch the interview here.
July 2020 - Queenstown District Court
Drafting court documents to be filed challenging the police refusal to issue a P endorsement as a pest controller.
July 2020 - Filing submissions against police refusals to issue both P endorsements and permits to possess for collectors.