The newest ACT policy might blow you away


Arun Kumar , Henderson Dairy owner, was stabbed to death – via RNZ

ACT is looking at allowing shop keepers to be able to legally have a firearm in the shop.

ACT says shopkeepers should be free to keep guns under their counter, but National leader John Key has dismissed the policy as “dangerous.”

Leader Jamie Whyte said today his party would strengthen the law for self-defence and ensure it is not illegal for a dairy owner to keep a weapon on the premises.

I can assure you that no 12 year old with a knife would have taken the risk if there is so much as a possibility of the shop owner having a firearm under the counter.  

However, Key immediately ruled out implementing the policy, should both parties get back into government.

“If ACT thinks the solution is to give a shopkeeper a shot gun, that could end very very badly,” Key told reporters in Whangarei.

“One of the real issues you’d have to consider is if a shop keeper did actually shoot someone who came into their store and there was ultimately a mistake, well what a terrible outcome for everyone…I describe it as bad… I think its dangerous…I believe it would put them at more risk than at less risk.”

We continue to have a problem in this country where criminals are operating in an environment where they are all but guaranteed unarmed opposition.

Whyte says shopkeepers, especially in Auckland are victims of “increasing violent robbery.”

He told an Auckland office that under his proposal any police decision to prosecute a shopkeeper, who acted in self-defence, would be reviewed immediately by the Solicitor General and would be subject to a “public interest” test.

Concealed carry laws overseas have caused crimes like robberies to plummet.  It makes me sick to the stomach that NZ Police prefer people to die a good death rather than be able to protect themselves against the true criminals.

Even if people force their way into your home, and you happen to own licensed firearms, if you use it against an intruder, you will be in more trouble than the person who was breaking the law in the first place.

ACT may be coming at this in a way that will never fly, and it was probably just a ploy to get discussion started.  But the idea that we’re all victims until the police turn up is one that needs change.


– Andrea Vance, Fairfax Media

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