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The New Zealand Police Association has called for political unity over gun reforms, urging MPs not to turn it into a US-style debate.
Police Association President Chris Cahill said "meaningful gun law reform" in New Zealand had been prevented in the past due to politics.
Police Association president Chris Cahill said Mr Bridges was wrong to say the gun buyback scheme had been a fiasco.
Chris Cahill, president of the Police Association, said, "we watch in disbelief how politics skews the gun debate in the United States."
The New Zealand Police Association is concerned the National Party has announced it intends encouraging politicians to reject the second tranche of firearms legislation, due for introduction later next month.
NZPA vice president Craig Tickelpenny said officers needed to be alert on the job at all times.