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    Ecat hunting rules

    So after having a nice chat with an arms officer in my area he explained it to me clear as day that once you have your Ecat then you can use your MSSA for WHATEVER legal reasons you want, and not just what was on your application form.

    I was curious to this as alot of people have varying opinions on using an MSSA for blatting a herd of goats or such if you didn't have hunting on your application originally.

    Have any of you ever had issues from police officers about supposed unlawful use of an MSSA because of vague text in the legislation?

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    No issues, you can do what ever you want within the law. Hunting, 3gun, plinking anything goes.

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    Go for it. I used mine last weekend.
    I tend to use 5-10 round mags on my MSSAs when bush hunting, not because I care what others think of, but I find 20-30 rounders a pain. Bulky and heavy (esp .308).
    But if its a goat shooting mission in more open ground, I'll take a bigger mag.
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    My AO tells me that there are restrictions and the police written arms code backs that up.
    Whether or not a cop would ping you for it is a whole different story.

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    What are these restrictions?
    On my application I put 'and whatever other lawful activities take my interest from time to time'.

    The whole point of the e cat process is to make sure you're trust worthy enough to be, go figure, trusted. Isn't it....?

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    Jexla is correct that the arms code says:

    Military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs)
    MSSAs are used for hunting, pest control, and target
    shooting. The reason for which the endorsement is sought
    becomes a condition of granting the endorsement. This
    means that you must obtain Police approval for each
    activity you wish to undertake with your MSSA.

    However, the arms code is not the Arms Act, but looksie in section 32 about permitted uses for the endorsed MSSA.

    32 Conditions of endorsements
    (1) It is a condition of every endorsement made under section 30
    that the holder of the firearms licence—
    (a) observes, in respect of every pistol or restricted weapon
    or part of a restricted weapon in his possession, such
    security precautions as are required by regulations made
    under this Act; and
    (b) ensures that every restricted weapon in his possession is
    both rendered inoperable by the removal of a vital part
    and maintained, by reason of the removal of a vital part,
    in an inoperable condition.
    (2) Any member of the Police may, on the direction of the Commissioner,
    impose, as conditions of an endorsement made by
    that member of the Police under section 30, such conditions
    with regard to the use or custody of the pistol or restricted
    weapon (being conditions additional to those specified in subsection
    (1)) as that member of the Police thinks fit.


    I note that the 2005 version of the arms code has no mention of conditions of use.
    So this was probably changed in the 2010 Arms Act amendments.

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    I thought that was the point of the first firearms licence application.
    Never really understood the point of the E cat one.

    Restrictions being things such as for 3-gun or pest control (She said she'd need a signed letter from a land owner to say I would be doing pest control on their land) and hunting can only be added if applied for via the AO which then goes to the head office to confirm or deny, but cannot deny it unless they have a lawful reason.

    What Dog just said is exactly what I was meaning, forgot to mention that in the arms act there is that clause in there.

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    Just what you need, an AO making rules up as she goes.
    There is no requirement for land owner approval in the code or act.

    Which is why I had the following in my application:

    Why will you need MSSA firearms?:
    Hunting, service rifle shooting, collecting, target shooting, hand load development,
    bench rest shooting, personal interest.

    Describe your shooting interests and activities:
    Large and small game and gamebird hunting, service rifle shooting, collecting,
    target shooting, hand load development, bench rest shooting.
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    But remember dogmatix that they have the power to impose those restrictions and can require you to do anything they want to have them remove them, the act does not specify in which way the restrictions must be lifted.

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    Is your AO a sworn Police Officer under direction from the Commissioner?
    Ask her nicely to confirm this.
    If not, she is overstepping her role. But not doubt if you complain, they will get a uniformed member to dot the 'i's and cross the 't's.
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    "Any member of the Police may" Pretty sure they're members of the police even if they aren't sworn officers.

    Fairly certain they have a police number thingy too.
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    Just apply to add all the additional reasons as conditions, as you say, they can't deny unless there is a lawful reason preventing it.
    Its just creating more paperwork for themselves.
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    The Arms Code is not a legally enforceable document.

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    But the Arms Act is, noting section 32, as per my post #7.
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