Police serve to fight crime and so I question why they are tasked with issuing gun licenses. We don’t expect them to be involved in issuing driving licenses even though they deal with driving offenses.
The Chch mosque shooting precipitated a government gun buy back, but the police have always been able to revoke gun licenses and confiscate weapons from people that they don’t trust. IDK anything about this particular case that was mentioned on GAB, but I just want to make some observations.
“concerns about mental health” is far too open to interpretation. Anyone with a grudge can spread rumors and make allegations, but without a professional assessment it should have no standing. The point I want to make here is that character assessment should have been done before any fire arms license was issued.
The point about weapons not being adequately secured could be a concern, as we don’t want them falling into the hands of criminals, but shouldn’t he just get a warning, or a fine for that?
In any case there is little evidence of legal gun ownership by New Zealand citizens being a problem, and subsequent to a change in regulations, I think one chould at least allow the owners to export their weapons to somewhere they are still legal.