Consultation on draft guidelines for schools developing a firearms policy

This consultation is now closed.

We do not support the unsupervised access of firearms in schools. However, we do acknowledge that there may be legitimate circumstances where firearms may be part of students’ education and/or sporting activity.

For this reason we’ve worked with New Zealand Schools’ Trustees Association (NZSTA), New Zealand Police and the Schools Health and Safety Sector Reference Group (which includes AIMS, APIS, APPA, NKAI, NZPF, NZEI, NZSSPC, SEPA, SPANZ, TKKM, ERO, WorkSafe) to develop draft guidelines for schools to help them develop a firearms policy.

The draft guidelines will support boards of trustees to:

  • understand their roles and responsibilities;
  • ensure they meet their obligations under the Arms Act 1983, Arms Regulations 1992 and Health and Safety at Work Act 2015;
  • clarify situations when firearms are permitted in schools and the processes that must be followed.

Consultation on the draft guidelines is open and closes on 11 April

We’re now wanting your feedback on these draft guidelines. Consultation is open from Monday 5 March 2018 until Wednesday 11 April 2018. Please share and discuss them with your board and school community.

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What happens after the consultation closes

In May 2018, the Sector Reference Group will meet in Wellington to review feedback, draft a summary report, and make any recommended changes to the draft guidelines. We’ll publish the final guidelines in July 2018.

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