Police Association pushing for more protection for cops, but what about us?

Greg O’Connor of the Police Association is highlighting that criminals appear to have increased access to guns.

Firearms have become “ridiculously easy” for offenders to get their hands on and police are being confronted almost daily by gun-wielding criminals, the Police Association says.

The union is calling for an official police inquiry into where the guns are coming from and says the issue has been badly neglected by the top brass.

The call comes days after police were shot at as they pursued a pair of alleged offenders in West Auckland, and follows a spate of incidents where other police were fired on.

There have also been numerous instances in which firearms were aimed at the public, including a Hamilton diary owner who wrestled a gun from a would-be-robber during a dramatic encounter in August, and an armed holdup of a Mangere service station in September in which the offender fired a shot.

“It has become ridiculously easy for… criminals to get firearms. The evidence is apparent as police are stumbling across firearms and becoming involved in armed incidents on a daily basis,” said association president Greg O’Connor.

“Contrary to police assurances that armed incidents are ‘rare’, hardly a week goes by that police are not coming into contact with illegal firearms in the hands of offenders.

“A steady stream of information is coming in from cops on the street. They say there is no doubt that the number of weapons out there is on the increase and gun-toting crimes are becoming the rule rather than the exception… The big question is – where and how are they getting them?”

In the latest edition of association magazine, Police News, Mr O’Connor said firearms in the wrong hands was “an additional risk that police don’t need”.

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Peter Dunne is a blithering idiot

Peter Dunne is suddenly going to hold a review of unsafe and illegal gun use in the outdoors due to two idiots self-terminating through stupidity shooting themselves in accidents.

Two fatal incidents at the weekend have sparked a review of unsafe and illegal gun use in the outdoors.

Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne has begun the process of initiating the review, which will seek to establish what the problems are, where responsibility might lie, and what could be done to reduce the risks of death and injury due to improper gun use.

A 21-year-old hunter died on Sunday after his gun went off while he was climbing over a fence near Ohakune, shooting him in the chest.

James Ross Bucko Johnston, a 15-year-old from Whakatane, died while duck shooting in the eastern Bay of Plenty on Sunday morning.

Dunne urged the hunting community to keep gun safety at the forefront of their minds, as the country had again been reminded that without following best practice and taking the utmost care, firearms could kill.

“Unfortunately there seems to be an increasing frequency of firearm incidents causing injury or death,” Dunne said.

“The worst aspect is that these incidents are largely preventable.”

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Media beating up on cops again, this time for daring to protect themselves

Yesterday the Sunday Star-Times ran a hit piece on a rural cop who routinely straps on his Glock, especially when dealing with domestic incidents.

It was a shameful piece. Our cops have a hard enough job as it is without panty-waisted wombles in the media attacking their every move.

You have to start thinking that the media would like nothing better than a string of dead cops in rural towns such is their insistence that cops shouldn’t be able to protect themselves.

A policeman in rural New Zealand admits he routinely breaches regulations by carrying a firearm and will continue to do so – saying he needs to for protection.

“I work on my own in a remote area, which is why I am able to do this,” he wrote in a letter to the Police Association magazine Police News.

“I have not had a complaint; if anything, very few people even notice.”

The unnamed officer said he carried a firearm “at times” while patrolling.    Read more »

Forget 3d printing, how about a desktop CNC mill?

The same guy who brought you 3d printed AR15 parts has now moved to the next step.

He has developed a desktop CNC mill for under $1000.

You just download the open source design files, load them up in the appropriate software, attach the plug and play CNC mill and insert your receiver blank and voila…a brand new precision engineered lower receiver without a serial number.

Cody Wilson, the fast-talking techno-libertarian famous for unapologetically championing the 3D-printed gun movement, just announced what’s perhaps his boldest move yet. His company, Defense Distributed, is taking pre-orders for a tiny mill that can machine metal guns automatically. It’s called Ghost Gunner, and it’ll ship in time for the holidays.

Ghost Gunner, named for the colloquial term for unserialized firearms, “ghost guns,” is a desktop-sized, computer-guided mill much like the kind you’d find in any high school shop classroom. The 13×11 inch box is designed to fit an 80 percent lower receiver, a firearm component that can be bought legally but needs some specialized milling to fire a bullet. This is where Ghost Gunner comes in.

CAD files can be loaded into Ghost Gunner, and after a little automatic machining and manual screw turning (screws come in the box), Defense Distributed claims that you’ll have your very own functional and untraceable gun. They plan on releasing open source design files for AR-15 and AR-10 assault rifles, as well as the M1911 pistol, before its release.

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Obama is the greatest gun salesman of all time

Barack Obama continues to hold the title of the greatest gun salesman of all time as gun sales surge to new highs.

A record surge in recent firearms production and transactions have swamped the federal government’s automated registration system for select weapons, including machine guns.

In a notice earlier this month to the firearms industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was temporarily suspending parts of its computerized system to shore up capacity in part to process the required registration and transfer of National Firearms Act covered weapons, which also include silencers, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and some explosive devices.   Read more »

Photo Of The Day

A Punt Gun, was used for duck hunting but were banned because they depleted stocks of wild fowl

A Punt Gun, was used for duck hunting but were banned because they depleted stocks of wild fowl

Punt Gun

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Friday Firepower – The AK47 and why it became popular

Previous posts about the AK47 are here, here and here.

The Economist examines why the AK47 became so incredibly popular.

MIKHAIL KALASHNIKOV died on December 23rd, aged 94. But his 66-year-old invention, the Avtomat Kalashnikova, has plenty more shots left to fire. Developed in 1947 and first used by Soviet forces in 1949, the AK-47 assault rifle and its many derivatives are now used by the armed forces of more than 80 countries, and by freelancers in many more. No-one knows quite how many are in circulation: 100m is a reasonable guess. As a proportion of all the guns in the world—another number no-one can be quite sure about—Kalashnikovs probably make up more than one in ten of all firearms. Why does an ageing Soviet invention still dominate modern warfare?

The cultural impact of the AK is felt all over the world. Quentin Tarantino’s villains celebrate its appropriateness for “when you’ve absolutely, positively got to kill every [enemy combatant] in the room”. Mexican outlaws boast about their cuernos de chivo, or “goat horns”, the nickname given to the rifle because of its curved magazine. In some parts of Africa, where the gun is seen as a symbol of the ousting of colonial rulers, Kalash is a popular name for boys. Mozambique displays the gun on its flag. In Lebanon, a model nicknamed the “Bin Laden” sells for twice the price of the standard AK-47, because it is the type that al-Qaeda’s former boss was seen toting in some of his videos.  Read more »

“Duck Dynasty” launches its own line of guns

Duck Commander is launching a branded family of shotguns, semi-auto rifles and a semi-auto pistol.

The gunmaker Mossberg has teamed with Duck Commander, the company owned by “Duck Dynasty’s” Robertson clan, to release nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.

Mossberg has begun shipping some of the shotguns to distributors, according to spokeswoman Linda Powell. She declined to name specific retailers that will carry them.  Read more »

As usual media got it wrong

Now the facts are starting to come out we find out that the killer in Washington DC never had semi-automatic weapons at all…he used a pump action shotgun and stole Glock handguns from his victims.

This is why people like Piers Morgan should just stfu.

Authorities investigating Monday’s D.C. shooting spree believe the gunman brought a shotgun, legally purchased from a suburban Virginia gun shop, to the Navy Yard and acquired additional weapons at the scene, according to three law enforcement officials.

The officials said Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, a 34-year-old discharged Navy engineer, entered the building with a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun that he’d purchased last week in Lorton, Va., and was later found with two additional weapons, one of them a Glock handgun.

One scenario authorities were investigating was that he obtained the handgun and the other weapon at the scene, possibly from victims. But officials cautioned the evidence analysis was still very fluid Monday night.  Read more »


Not just the lower receiver anymore, now a whole pistol

The guy behind the 3D printed AR is set to announce more plans for 3D printed gun parts…with up to 16 printed parts…a complete pistol.

The project is progressing very quickly now.


Defense Distributed, the pending non-profit that plans to make 3D-printed weaponry available for anyone with such a printer, will release the blueprints for a fully-working plastic firearm next week.

The handgun, seen by Forbes, uses 16 printed parts that are clipped together and can be fitted with interchangeable barrels to fire different-caliber rounds. The only non-printed part needed to fire is a simple nail, which acts as the firing pin.

Final testing for the firearm is still ongoing by the group’s founder Cody Wilson, who said that the plans should be online next week. The Liberator is printed from ABS plastic using a Dimension SST printer from Stratasys – although that company has already refused Defense Distributed the use of one of its printers.

“Everyone talks about the 3D printing revolution,” Wilson said. “Well, what did you think would happen when everyone has the means of production? I’m interested to see what the potential for this tool really is. Can it print a gun?”

Wilson is a legally certified firearms manufacturer after getting clearance in March, and in order to make the Liberator legal the group has added a six-ounce chunk of steel so that it can be picked up by metal detectors – a requirement for weaponry in the US under the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act.

Uhmmm, the barrel is steel…they don’t work so flash without a barrel. Predictably the politicians are making stupid statements.  Read more »