5 May 2020

Decision reserved in gun ammunition compensation fight

2:47 pm on 5 May 2020

Gun owners' High Court case against the Police Minister over lack of compensation for ammunition has wrapped up.

18072016 Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King. Wellington High Court.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

At the judicial review hearing at the High Court in Wellington, the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners argued some types of ammunition were banned without proper consultation or compensation after the Christchurch mosque shootings last year.

It wanted the court to decide whether gun owners were entitled to be reimbursed.

Crown lawyer Austin Powell today went through examples of other cases where private property had been taken by the Crown.

Justice Cooke requested more information about the government's decision-making process.

Yesterday, the group's lawyer Jack Hodder told the court that ammunition was "almost an afterthought."

The gun owners question whether Police Minister Stuart Nash took the wrong information into account.

Justice Cooke reserved his decision.

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