Farmers pleased with amendment to firearms bill

Farmers are rejoicing after Labour agreed to an amendment in the firearms bill that will allow the use of restricted guns for pest control. 

This follows a report claiming the Christchurch gunman was wrongly granted a firearms licence.

Janna Ezat and Hazim Al-Umari lost their son on March 15 2019, he was one of the 51 killed in the mosque attacks.

Ezat says her grief remains raw "I'm still suffering, still missing him, can't sleep without sleeping tablets".

On Tuesday there were fresh allegations the gunman's licence was granted without an interview with a family member - a key part of the process for getting a licence.

Al-Umari believes this was not good enough "it's very very disappointing". 

Police told Newshub the correct process was followed, but the family hopes the Government will prevent anything like the mosque attacks happening again.

Islamic Women's Council national coordinator, Anjum Rahman, said Islamic women are still targets of racism.

"Physical violence, verbal abuse, online harm and harassment".

Rahman believes gun control will help make them safer. 

But concessions on gun control mean farmers will be able to apply for a licence to use restricted firearms for pest control.

Rahman understands farmers need guns on their properties, but wants them to have to register their firearms.

The gun register could also be delayed with a roll out coming in three years rather than two.

Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters is taking credit for the changes. 

Those opposed to the reform believe the law should not change until they know whether police followed procedure with the gunman's licence.

Licenced Firearm Owners council spokesperson, Nicole McKee, said the Government should wait to pugs the legislation through until they have "all the answers". 

As the election draws closer there is a possibility the legislation will not make it across the line before the government dissolves. 

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