The certified idiot running the Police Association keeps on digging

After being pasted yesterday for his false claims you’d think the fool would shut up and breathe through his ears….but no…Chris Cahill is gobbing off again about guns.

The government is putting peoples’ lives at risk by rejecting new recommendations around gun laws, the Police Association says.

Police Minister Paula Bennett yesterday rejected 13 of a select committee’s 20 recommendations, including stricter rules – such as a requirement to have a firearms licence – for the sale of ammunition.

She said there would be tougher penalties for offences, and rules would be introduced to block gang members or prospects from getting a firearms licence.

Police Association president Chris Cahill told Morning Report the minister had made a mockery of the select committee process.

“Currently, as it stands, I can get a firearms licence, I’ll have my security check when I ask for that license, I can then go and purchase 100 other firearms and no-one would know I’d even purchased those firearms, and it would be 10 years before I went for renewal and anyone would inspect whether my security was appropriate. We don’t think that’s good.”   

He said gun serial numbers should be recorded and people should need a permit to purchase a gun.

Perhaps he needs a little history lesson first. In 1983 when the new Arms Act was passed it was the Police who opposed recording serial numbers of firearms. They couldn’t maintain or even keep up the register. They lobbied for persons not firearms to be registered and that was actually sensible because a gun by itself will kill no one. It requires a person to do that.

But now just look at this fool’s comments. He claims that you can buy any number of guns and that “ no-one would know I’d even purchased those firearms”. I’m afraid that though it is rather strong to call someone a liar it is becoming clear that Chris Cahill and the truth are not close associates. Of course people know who is buying firearms. Every gun I have ever bought has required me to present my FAL which was photocopied, and then recorded in a  register at the store alongside the details of the gun I bought. Same with ammunition. In fact it was me that gave the idea for the requirement that a FAL be presented to buy ammunition in the first place.

In any respect how on earth is recording every firearm and serial number going to stop criminals getting guns? Can Chris Cahill tell me how? Somehow I doubt it. Because having a register won’t stop a criminal getting an off register gun…with no recorded serial number and in any case they can simply grind off the serial number if they managed to steal one that was registered. He clearly hasn’t seen any movies where guns are discovered with filed off serial numbers…it’s what criminal do.

Again…how does recording the serial numbers of firearms stop criminals getting firearms? It simply doesn’t.

If Police started following up every burglary where a gun was a factor then I think he might find they’d start actually solving the issues of criminals obtaining firearms. The Police need to start doing their jobs and putting the gangs into jail. That would be the obvious answer. WTF are they doing going after hunters and farmers, it makes no sense.


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