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Options for mandatory reporting of firearms injuries

It is not mandatory for health professionals to report to Police if someone presents with an injury caused by a firearm.

The Government has agreed in principle to a recommendation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attacks on Christchurch masjidain to introduce mandatory reporting of firearm injuries to Police by health professionals (Recommendation 24). The Government noted more work was required to determine how best to implement mandatory reporting.

Your feedback on the attached discussion paper will help determine how to respond to Recommendation 24. The paper has been developed by Police in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.

Opportunity to attend online workshops

Alongside the ability to provide a written submission, four online workshops with key community stakeholders to discuss this issue, will be held on the following dates:

  1. Tuesday 5 April: 4-6pm
  2. Thursday 7 April: 10am-12pm
  3. Tuesday 26 April: 10am-12pm
  4. Wednesday 27 April: 4-6pm

If you would be interested in attending an online workshop, please email to confirm the date that suits you.

Please send feedback to by Friday 29 April 2022.