David Seymour on gun law changes and our diplomatic ties with Israel

…“Israel has always been a friend of New Zealand, and for good reason. We share basic but vital values of democracy and individual freedom,” says Mr Seymour.

“As Israel knows all too well, these values must be defended, and part of that means strengthening alliances with strong diplomatic ties. The recent damage done to these ties was misstep from our Government.

“The reinstatement of our respective ambassadors will be especially welcomed by the New Zealand Israeli community and Kiwi expats in Israel, two groups that should never have been punished for our Government’s diplomatic indiscretion.”

-Act press release

Despite some “flack” from some “traditional supporters” of Act, David Seymour has come out in support of the resumption of diplomatic relations between Israel and New Zealand saying that “it is an important issue.” He also in a radio interview on RNZ made it clear that he supports Police Minister Paula Bennett’s rejection of the proposed gun law changes saying that “the Minister has got this absolutely right.” He also debated Kerre McIvor about the gun registry on Newstalk.  (The discussion starts 07.40)

The Police Association need to pull their heads in. If they want to set the law, they should run for office like the rest of us…

It’s a relief to see the Police Minister reject daft firearm proposals.

The full list of proposals went far beyond targeting illegal gun possession, and would have punished responsible firearm owners for the actions of a criminal minority.

ACT’s biggest concerns were:
-An expensive and unenforceable firearm registration process
-New police powers to create blunt new categorisations of firearms
-New powers to enter the property of firearm licence holders

These proposals have now been rejected. Gun owners can take credit for their effective advocacy on this issue.

With more MPs after the election, ACT will ensure heavy-handed firearm regulations don’t make it into law.

-ACT Facebook

…the ACT Party is backing the government’s stance on gun laws.

Leader David Seymour said the police wanted to restrict people’s freedoms by cracking down on gun rules.

“The real problem is criminals that get guns.

“The things that the minister has accepted out of this report that are worthwhile is that you can go on a gun prohibition list if you do break gun laws.

“So we’re punishing people that break the laws, rather than people that follow them.”

Mr Seymour said gun registries would be costly and had not worked overseas.



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