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Mike Bush said we're not going to "arrest our way out of" the increasing gang activity and violence across some parts of the country.
Uniformed police will march in a new Auckland pride parade after being banned from the city's official parade in 2019.
Police are looking at stepping up patrols in the Western Bay of Plenty following two shootings with possible gang links.
The Police Association says the statistics paint a worrying picture about the sheer volume of firearms now circulating in the criminal underworld.
600 firearms were seized by Auckland police officers in less than a year.
They made the demand at a public meeting in Taradale yesterday, exactly a week after shots were fired during a large gang brawl in the town's centre.