How do gang members get guns? They apply for a firearms licence and the Police approve them…really

So the Police – again – are responsible for firearms getting into the hands of scumbag criminals.

Spectacular failure of monumental proportions.

A gang member was able to legally buy 18 high-powered firearms before police cottoned on – and now the cache has vanished.

The man, understood to be a patched member of the Headhunters Motorcycle Club, bought the guns, including high-powered semi-automatic rifles, with a value of about $30,000, between 2012 and 2015, the Herald has learned.

It is understood that in January, police went to the Northland man to revoke his licence and guns, only to find he had already sold them.

Police would not comment on the case except to say it was “very rare for a patched gang member to be issued a firearms licence”.

So cops can’t be bothered investigating burglaries – particularly the ones where firearms are stolen – and they can’t undertake quality due diligence on firearms applicants.

But they reserve their right to complain (through Police Association president Greg O’Connor) about crooks pointing guns at them.


I hope I don’t have to connect the dots here. Seriously?

We have a national enquiry into how criminals obtain guns. Do we need to follow through?

The issue is the Police and their sloppiness. If they did their job there wouldn’t be an issue.

It is becoming apparent that the Police, at least the Arms Officers aren’t doing their jobs. Is it time to outsource them? If it was me I’d start with Gerry Booth at Manukau, he has to be the worst, most self opinionated, arrogant, clip-board wielding officious cock doing the job of Arms Officer.

Unfortunately Stuart Nash raises a good point, but then misses the point entirely.

Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash said the case highlighted the changes needed to toughen current firearms laws to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

“How did a person like this get a licence in the first place?” he asked.

“You’ve got to have a good character test … and guys like this do not pass this in any way, shape or form.”

The people who administer the “test” of a “fit and proper person” to own a firearm are the Police. There is only one organisation responsible for this cock-up…the Police. As for his claim that the laws need to change…they don’t, they just need to be enforced properly and adequately. Secondly, there is a reason people are criminals, they ignore the law, so toughening up the law won’t stop a criminal obtaining a firearm. Silly stuff from Nash.


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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