Consultation on draft guidelines for schools developing a firearms policy
We don't support the unsupervised access of firearms in schools. We do, however, acknowledge that there may be legitimate circumstances where firearms may be part of students’ education and/or sporting activity. For this reason we've developed draft guidelines to help schools develop a firearms policy.
About the draft guidelines
The 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.
To develop the guidelines we worked with:
- New Zealand Schools’ Trustees Association (NZSTA)
- New Zealand Police
- the Schools Health and Safety Sector Reference Group (which includes AIMS, APIS, APPA, NKAI, NZPF, NZEI, NZSSPC, SEPA, SPANZ, TKKM, ERO, WorkSafe).
Our consultation process
Consultation on the draft guidelines closed 11 April 2018.
In May 2018, the Sector Reference Group met in Wellington to review feedback, draft a summary report, and make any recommended changes to the draft guidelines.
The final guidelines were published in July 2018.
The guidelines were sent to schools through the school leaders bulletin, and are available on both the Ministry of Education and NZSTA's websites.
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