Herald does a hit job on gun shop, and probably increases their sales

Gun City's online advertisement encourages buyers to "pimp your AR-15" Supplied 22nd June 2016

Gun City’s online advertisement encourages buyers to “pimp your AR-15”
Supplied 22nd June 2016

The NZ Herald has done a nice hit job on Gun City in their continued and wonky jihad against guns.

I’m pretty sure that David Tipple will be very pleased because they have reproduced his ad in full colour, adding the Herald readership to his reach…and all for free.

A New Zealand gun shop is selling and promoting the AR-15 rifle, the firearm synonymous with American mass shootings.

Gun City is New Zealand’s largest firearms dealer, boasting the largest range of guns, ammo and accessories.

The AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle, is being advertised on Gun City’s website for $1999, with free shipping.

To obtain an AR-15, buyers must have a standard, current firearms licence and an approved police order form.

And? What is the Herald’s point?

An ‘E Category’ endorsement is needed if the magazine – which feeds ammunition into the chamber of the firearm – holds more than seven rounds.

Gun City’s AR-15 rifles are sold with a five-round magazine, so do not require the E endorsement.

“We have sold them for $10,000+, now you can own an A-Cat AR-15 for only $1999!!” the website reads.

An image at the bottom of the site’s page suggests customers “pimp” their AR-15 with triggers to “step up that accuracy” and ammunition storage to ensure “easy reloading”.

So what?

Christchurch Gun City’s David Tipple said he didn’t believe the advertisement was offensive in light of the recent mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub.

If we blamed the guns, “we’re missing the boat”, Mr Tipple said.

He asked people to consider “where the gun becomes the problem”.

Mr Tipple said it was far more difficult to acquire a gun than it appeared on the website. “You can’t just fill out a form”. Acquiring a gun licence was a lengthy and difficult process.

“We’re not selling them to people who would qualify in the United States.”

The AR-15 rifle was generally used for sporting and pest control, he said.

The Herald asked police for the number of people in possession of AR-15 rifles in this country and the number of gun licenses with an E endorsement, but did not receive a response.

Ahhh, so David Tipple is not supposed to sell guns because some whack job Islamic tool in the US went on a rampage? They are trying to guilt him or embarrass him.

I’ll bet he is laughing at the Herald, especially for reproducing his advert, and is probably fielding more calls than usual to buy his guns.

But seriously, why is this even a story? A gun shop advertises its guns for sale? Next thing the Herald will run a story that prostitutes advertise online for their services. That, of course, might backfire since the Herald takes those ads and publishes them.


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