Firearms

So, where now for the gun enquiry?

After the absolute slaying by the Herald yesterday (yes, I can happily admit it when they pull some good quality journalism) it’s apparent that the whole farcical gun enquiry is now a total waste of time.

Firstly – many politicians, along with a legion of media big names, have made the unfortunate mistake of jumping in to slag off guns and call for restrictions and law change.

They’ve been absolutely certain that guns are obtained from gun shops that don’t check paper work.

Some media have even gone as far as forging police PID numbers to pull stunts to prove it despite no evidence that it’s ever occurred before.

Others claimed the gangs order guns from overseas, which are dropped off the side of fishing boats in the dark to waiting organised crime wearing black balaclavas.   Read more »

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Greg O’Connor needs to apologise

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Will Greg O’Connor apologise to firearms owners?

The facts are now released and the reason firearms get into the hands of criminals is because they are stolen in burglaries, which Police don’t bother to follow up.

Not only that but over 80% of firearms stolen are shotguns; not the military-style weapons that the media has been splashing all over their websites.

Mind the pun – but the Police Association President has shot himself in the foot.

He’s been trying to stoke up a firearms debate and yet it’s his own members’ fault that criminal scumbags get guns!    Read more »

Stats disprove Police claims

I’m in shock that the Herald has actually investigated something. But, in doing so, it has hit a home run with some decent facts about guns.

It makes for interesting reading because the Police are the reason guns exist in criminals hands!

The Police Association, which represents rank-and-file officers, had already voiced concerns about the proliferation of firearms in criminal hands. Police figures show a steady rise in the number of illegal firearms seized, with 1504 confiscated last year – a 50 per cent increase on four years ago.

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According to the latest figures police released to the Herald , shotguns were the most common illegal firearm seized. During the 2014/2015 period, 272 full-length and 79 cutdown shotguns were confiscated, as well as 44 pistols, 23 military-style semi-automatics and 47 cutdown rifles. There is no legal purpose for a cut-down firearm.

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Just how will Police collect all guns that get banned?

There is a rumour now circulating amongst firearms users on social media that some in the Police are working hard to ban certain firearms.

Personally, I think it’s all cart before the horse. The Government enquiry has to be allowed the chance to ask how criminals are getting guns and solid answers need to be given. Remember – it’s about how criminals are getting guns.

I will point out that the Police have no empirical basis to suggest changes. Firstly, no enquiry has identified a problem with firearms or the Act, no problems whatsoever. There is a problem with criminals and guns – but that’s a different matter.

So no facts – which means Police are acting on blatant opportunism.

I suspect the Police will point the finger at other countries and suggest that New Zealand play catch up. Ban certain guns. Which is lame. Even a small kid can suggest that.

Banning guns is all well and good for newspaper headlines but I can’t see how Police will enforce it. Sure, lots of firearms users will do the right thing and hand in banned weapons.

But here is the question – just how will Police ensure the public and the Government that they have collected ALL those guns in circulation that they want to ban?   Read more »

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Pertinent Questions for the Firearms Inquiry

When enquiring as to how guns are being obtained by criminals it helps to have compiled a set of logical questions.

Obviously the usual ones from the loony anti-gun brigade are irrelevant because they are off-topic and seeking to take advantage of the situation whilst the door is open to pry yet more guns out of use by law-abiding civilians.

So now that the enquiry has scoped itself into asking the question of how criminals are obtaining firearms it would be sensible to narrow the focus by ignoring all the rhetoric.

Firstly criminals are not going to turn up to a select committee and spill their beans. The salacious nature of the media hungrily looking for a story along with Police who will of course be ever-present during proceedings will scare them off.

Besides – criminals make for totally unreliable witnesses. We know how little the Court is willing to accept the testimony of scumbags so a credible enquiry could do itself a favour by taking a pass in this regard.

I believe the best place to start is pressing the Police for answers.

For example – asking about the statistical evidence of firearm related offending by criminals.

Over the decades the stats have shown that firearms related crimes are always in parallel with general violent offending. As violent offending increases with population – so do offences where firearms are presented. The question is – are we actually seeing a trending increase in offences where firearms are presented? Or is it all anecdotal and largely the here-say of Greg O’Connor and his media patsy’s?   Read more »

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Will Police tell us how many guns get stolen?

Is theft how guns get into the hands of criminals? Surely that’s pretty easy to work out. I am very certain that when people’s houses are robbed and guns are stolen, those firearms’ owners report any theft to the Police. Just like most people do with regular burglaries and thefts.

Which means the Police must know for sure how many guns in circulation have been stolen, right?

But I’ve noticed that the Police have so far been very, very quiet about this.

Even the Police’s unofficial – official – unofficial PR spokesman Greg O’Connor hasn’t been chomping at the bit to tell us the answer.

Greg has been telling anyone who will listen that lots of guns are in the hands of scumbags. He even went on TVNZ the other night and outright lied about the capability of MSSA rifles, and how easily they can be converted to full-auto (it isn’t that easy) and that they could have 50-round magazines (they won’t and don’t). He presented no evidence of that whatsoever.   Read more »

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Why talk about MSSA rifles is silly

Anti-gun loons are already up to mischief calling for a ban of all ‘military-styled’ weapons.

Right at the top of their target list (along with others) are AR15 rifles, which are a semi-automatic .223/5.56mm rifle.

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The loons hate these sorts of rifles because of the look of them. The loons assume that they are all owned by criminals. They look military so they must be very, very bad. Like the monster that sleeps under your kid’s bed at night and eats undies.

But military-styled guns work no differently to any other semi-auto rifle, like these very benign-looking semi-auto rifles that kids and farmers and hunters all over the New Zealand and the world learn to shoot with.

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Penalties in Arms Act must increase

Here are the offences and penalties under the Arms Act 1983.

The most serious offence is Section 45 – Carrying or possession of firearms, airguns, pistols, restricted weapons or explosives, except for lawful, proper and sufficient purpose.

The penalties for that are:

Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 4 years or to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to both who, except for some lawful, proper, and sufficient purpose,—
(a) carries; or
(b) is in possession of—
any firearm, airgun, pistol, restricted weapon, or explosive.

That’s it. That is the stiffest penalty you can get under the Arms Act. That is just for carrying firearms without a lawful purpose. Discharging them is another matter. That is handled by Section 48: Discharging firearm, airgun, pistol or restricted weapon in or near dwellinghouse or public place.

The penalties are lighter than actually carrying the firearm in the first place:

Every person commits an offence and is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to a fine not exceeding $3,000 or to both who, without reasonable cause, discharges a firearm, airgun, pistol, or restricted weapon in or near—
(a) a dwellinghouse; or
(b)a public place,—
so as to endanger property or to endanger, annoy, or frighten any person.

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Drug dealing and guns go together: you can’t have one without the other

Almost consistently, guns that are owned illegally by criminals are part of a more sinister criminal activity – drugs and gangs.

What I’ve noticed – and particularly in the last few weeks – is that Police only find guns when they are conducting raids for other reasons, like a raid on a dope grower. There might be other reasons they are at a house or business premise and accidentally find guns, but the guns are not the reason they’ve turned up.

It shouldn’t really surprise us when Police find gangs and drug lords in possession of firearms. The Media party are, of course, stunned and want to sensationalise the hell out of it.

But drug making and distribution is the pinpoint of illegal activities in New Zealand and, logically, I’d expect the scumbags are keen to protect their cash cow business from other drug kingpins who will advance territorially if they can.

Scumbag criminals aren’t exactly going to have a dance-off to settle differences are they?

The guns found and used over the last week or so totally clouded the real reason the Police were at these places – other crimes.  Read more »

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Bi-partisan approach to illegal firearms needed

I’m pleased to see that Judith Collins and Stuart Nash have appeared to look at a bi-partisan approach to dealing with the issue of illegal firearms.

They should make sure that they are actually addressing the issue and not disarming all the hundreds of thousands of responsible firearms owners out there just because there are a very small minority of scumbags .

High-level moves to figure out how powerful firearms are making their way into the hands of dangerous criminals are set to get underway within days.

Police Minister Judith Collins told Newshub today she expects the Law and Order Select Committee to begin investigating this week, and if they don’t, she’s got her own plans to get the ball rolling.  

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