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Details of firearms handed in as part of "buyback"

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From: Geoff Merryweather

Dear New Zealand Police,

Can you please provide the following information with regards to the
firearms confiscation compensation from the Arms Act changes in 2019, prohibiting centrefire semi automatic guns, any long gun with more than 10 rounds etc.

1. With regard to the firearms, please provide a list of fire arms handed
in for compensaiton including at least the following:
Brand (e.g. Norinco)
Model (e.g. JW20)
Type of action (e.g. lever action, pump action)
calibre (eg 22LR)
Magazine capacity and type where known (eg 15 round tube magazine)

2 with regards to the accessories, please provide a list of the
accessories handed in and their details including where known:
Brand or model of fire arm (eg AR15 type)
type (eg trigger)

The information provided by the Police on the website (e.g https://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/publ...) does not have this breakdown.

As this information is provided as part of the compensation form, I expect
that it will be a simple matter to provide this information as it is the basis for the compensation, and there is no reason for the police to say that the information is not available or to delay it's release.
If you need assistance running a database search, please let me know and we are willing to help.

Receiving the information as .csv or .xls file would be ideal.

Yours faithfully,

Geoff Merryweather

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Tēnā koe Mr Merryweather
 
I acknowledge receipt of your Official Information Act (OIA) request
below, received by NZ Police on 16 December 2020.
 
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December and 15 January in the following year do not count as working
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2021.
 
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Dear New Zealand Police,
Can you please provide the following information with regards to the
firearms confiscation compensation from the Arms Act changes in 2019,
prohibiting centrefire semi automatic guns, any long gun with more than 10
rounds etc.
1. With regard to the firearms, please provide a list of fire arms handed
in for compensaiton including at least the following:
Brand (e.g. Norinco)
Model (e.g. JW20)
Type of action (e.g. lever action, pump action)
calibre (eg 22LR)
Magazine capacity and type where known (eg 15 round tube magazine)
2 with regards to the accessories, please provide a list of the
accessories handed in and their details including where known:
Brand or model of fire arm (eg AR15 type)
type (eg trigger)
The information provided by the Police on the website (e.g
[1]https://www.police.govt.nz/about-us/publ...)
does not have this breakdown.
As this information is provided as part of the compensation form, I expect
that it will be a simple matter to provide this information as it is the
basis for the compensation, and there is no reason for the police to say
that the information is not available or to delay it's release.
If you need assistance running a database search, please let me know and
we are willing to help.
Receiving the information as .csv or .xls file would be ideal.
Yours faithfully,
Geoff Merryweather
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From: BRODIE, Hamish
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Hi

 

I am writing to you in response to your request dated 16 December 2020.
 Your asked for:

 

 1. With regard to the firearms, please provide a list of firearms handed
in for compensation including at least the following:

Brand (e.g. Norinco)

Model (e.g. JW20)

Type of action (e.g. lever action, pump action)

calibre (eg 22LR)

Magazine capacity and type where known (eg 15 round tube magazine)

 2. with regards to the accessories, please provide a list of the
accessories handed in and their details including where known: Brand
or model of fire arm (eg AR15 type) type (eg trigger).

 

Your request has been considered under the Official Information Act 1982
(the Act). 

 

Your request is refused under section 18(d) of the Act, as the information
you have requested is publicly available on the New Zealand Police website
at the following link:
[1]https://www.police.govt.nz/advice-servic....
The information included here can be viewed in Tableau format and can also
be downloaded as an Excel file.

 

All items in this release have been matched to the Buy-Back Price List,
published on 25 October 2019, available here:
[2]https://www.police.govt.nz/sites/default...

 

Police is also working to finalise data reconciliation for the 2019
Amnesty and Buy-back Scheme and will release finalised data once this work
has been completed.

 

If you have any further questions or problems in relation to viewing the
data, please get in touch.

 

You have the right to ask the Ombudsman to review this decision if you are
not satisfied with Police’s response to your request.

 

Kind regards

 

Hamish Brodie

Firearms OIA Advisor

Amnesty and Buyback

E [3][email address]

 

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Have you been able to download the data from the "Firearms buy-back scheme data" page as a spreadsheet, as Police said you could? As far as I can tell, the only options available for download are "Image", "Crosstab", "PDF", "PowerPoint", and "Tableau Workbook". There is also apparently meant to be a "Data" option, but it appears to be greyed out and unavailable.

It also appears that this page contains only a summary of the brands of firearms handed in, whereas you asked for a list of individual firearms containing more information than this. Because the information that is publicly available doesn't seem to be the information you requested, Police would not have been justified in refusing this part of your request by saying the information you have requested is publicly available. You would have grounds to complain to the Office of the Ombudsman over this.

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From: Geoff Merryweather

Dear BRODIE, Hamish,

Thank you for your reply. Unfortunately you have not answered the question.
As per the OIA request, I am aware of the released information and it does not contain the information I require.
As per the OIA request provide a breakdown of models under each brand/ category. For example, there were many Mossberg firearms handed in. This will include a variety of shotguns and .22 rifles, and at least one Mossberg MMR AR15. This information is not provided on the Police site.
The information was provided on the forms for compensation, and indeed was a fundamental part of it, considering for example at the difference between a .22 rifle and a MMR AR15. It is therefore available in the police files, and under the OIA I request that you release it.
After all, it was submitted electronically and the Police have had almost 2 years to resolve any issues so would be trivial to do so. If you need assistance with running database queries, please advise and I will be happy to help.

Yours sincerely,

Geoff Merryweather

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From: BRODIE, Hamish
New Zealand Police

Hi Geoff

The publicly available information is based on the information Police holds and has high confidence in.

This is why the interactive dataset includes the make, model and brand for each item, the condition each item was assessed as being in, and the Police district each item was handed in. Type of action was recorded for firearms and the interactive dataset reflects that and is based on the price list. For example, in the interactive dataset all "Rimfire 22 - bolt action" firearms are captured as their own category, which is how these firearms were categorised on the price list.

In relation to the part of your request asking for calibre, Police holds incomplete and potentially inaccurate information. Calibre was not a mandatory field for people who were applying for compensation. Of the records for firearms Police holds, approximately 25% do not have any calibre information. Furthermore, in entering calibre information, the field was open text. As the data could be entered by both citizens, when applying through the notification portal, or by members of Police teams at collection events, multiple variations for the same calibre were entered. For example, there are at least 10 different variations of how .22LR calibre has been recorded.

With this further background in mind, Police is able to continue to consider your request for calibre information that it does hold, that being the records of firearms where calibre was entered, and those where it was not for further context. If you would like for Police to continue to process this part of your request, with these caveats in mind in relation to any information that could be released, please indicate that this would be your preferred option in your reply.

In relation to the part of your request asking for magazine capacity and type where known, this information was also not mandatory to be entered, and was not recorded by Police. On this basis, it is information that is not be held by Police. This information is refused under section 18(g) of the Act, as the information is not held.

I hope this helps and I look forward to your response to further assist you in answering your request.

Thanks, and kind regards

Hamish Brodie
Firearms OIA Advisor
Amnesty and Buyback
E [email address]

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