The Police have a massive credibility issue when they start talking about MSSA rifles.
They rely on the expert testimony of their armourer, Rob Ngamoki.
The problem is that Rob Ngamoki is an idiot and makes statements like this in court:
The High Court heard evidence from senior police armourer Rob Ngamoki and Auckland film set supplier and gun collector Martin Bath. Both said the guns could be modified to fire live ammunition, but disagreed on how easy this was.
Ngamoki said he completed such a modification in about 90 minutes, while it took Bath eight hours.
It was put to Ngamoki that an “average criminal” would not know how to convert the pistols.
“That’s not correct because they have been doing it,” Ngamoki said.
However, under cross-examination he was unable to provide examples of this happening.
Tipple said the police could not produce evidence the pistols were being modified and used by criminals.
“They’re only zinc alloy, whoever fires one, they’re putting themselves in as much danger as the person they’re pointing it at. They’re designed specifically not to be fired.”
Justice Courtney found the pistols could not be regarded as either starting pistols or firearms.
“The seizure of the Kimar pistols is disallowed. The remaining pistols are to be returned to Mr Tipple,” the judge said.