Firearm users now require practical lessons

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 11 April 2018, 4:58PM
It will be the first time that police will require practical lessons to give out gun licenses. (Photo / AAP)

Police have unveiled a new training programme which will mean first-time firearms users will have to get practical lessons.

Up until now, those getting their gun license have only had to sit a theory test before being allowed to shoot a weapon.

Police will work with the Mountain Safety Council, who will run the hands-on test.

Council CEO Mike Daisley told Greg Boyed it'll only be one part of the overall process.

"So they've passed the field test, passed the practical test, then they will go back to them and police checking another system in terms of checking the individual's background."

Police will also check the applicants home to ensure the firearms will have to save storage.

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