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A gun-carrying Christchurch man was not breaking the law when he found himself the target of armed police.

Stuff have obtained video footage of a man lying on the pavement on the corner of the city’s Chilcombe St and Memorial Ave, in the suburb of Ilam near Fendalton, at 1.30pm on Friday.

A black case containing a firearm can be seen beside him.

The footage shows the man’s hands are raised, while police walk towards him with firearms pointed in his direction.

In a statement, police said the man was innocent.

A concerned member of the public had phoned them after seeing the man walking down the street carrying the gun case.

He was in the “process” of selling his firearm, a police spokeswoman confirmed.

Private sales of firearms are legal, but the buyer must have a New Zealand Firearms Licence.

Although it was not illegal, police wanted to encourage people “not to carry firearms in public like that”, the spokeswoman said.

“If possible we do encourage people to carry them in a case in the boot of a car.”

Police gave the man a lift to his destination.

No charges were laid.

Police thanked members of the Ilam community “for being vigilant”.


Trying to make cops look like bad guys…if they hadn’t responded then the media would claim they weren’t caring about public safety!

Someone laid a complaint, they responded in the safest way possible, everyone lived, where is the problem?

The Media party continue to run stories that place the Police in a negative light, even when they’ve done everything just right.


– Emily Murply, The Press

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