Apparently private gun sales are a problem…so says a gun shop owner.
Gun shop owners in Dunedin say the private sale of firearms in Dunedin is ”thriving” and tougher restrictions need to be introduced to try to combat the problem.
There are ”approximately” 35,000 gun licence-holders in the Southern District, according to Dunedin police.
Centrefire McCarthy’s Streamand Field Store managing director Selwyn Shanks said since the registration of individual guns was revoked in 1984, many people had chosen to trade guns privately as they could make more money – and the internet was adding fuel to the fire.
”If you bring your dad’s old gun in to me to sell and I offer you $250 for it, but someone down the pub without a licence offers you $300, you’re going to go with the better offer,” he said.
”Otago is a rural area so there is a lot of informal trading and sale between farmers. We have no idea how many guns are out there, or if the people who have them know how to use them.”