Just as Well this Gun wasn’t Found in NZ

The revolver which Vincent Van Gogh allegedly used to shoot himself has sold for almost three times more than its anticipated selling price. Sold in Paris last week for 130,000 Euros or $145,700 the revolver was said to be the pistol the troubled Dutch painter used to shoot himself almost 130 years ago.

Lefaucheux revolver on public display at Paris’ Drouot auction house (AFP)

US$145k because Van Gogh used it…or a few bucks in New Zealand due to the Kiwi gun confiscation and because it is in such poor condition.

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Citizens become criminals on an executive whim

By Dieuwe de Boer

In my submission against the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill (aka Tarrant’s Law) I highlighted several embedded clauses that allowed the banning of firearms, magazines, and even ammunition via executive order. I have since been pointed at the source: the new Section 74A which summarises the full extent of these executive powers.

Graeme Edgeler, a Wellington barrister, has identified these as being “Henry VIII Clauses” and he objects to them because they can be used to turn citizens into criminals on an executive whim:

Criminal laws, especially those carrying significant criminal penalties, should be imposed by Parliament, not delegated to regulation. 

It’s not hard to guess where the name for these types of clauses comes from:

The expression is a reference to King Henry VIII’s supposed preference for legislating directly by proclamation rather than through Parliament. 

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What happened when we removed lifetime licences from shooters?

Once upon a time New Zealand had a lifetime firearm licence system. We carefully vetted the person applying and then checked their storage security and that was that. Once approved they could purchase a basic rifle or shotgun and amuse themselves.

The nation enjoyed low gun crime and so the system was ?fixed? in 1992 to require a ten yearly renewal. Because, as you will understand, if shooters are going to turn mad, bad or sad they will do so in precisely ten yearly cycles.

This writer always maintained that there is no benefit to the renewal system for public safety. It just takes millions of dollars and thousands of hours away from productive policing.

The New Zealand Police have even admitted to us that the process achieves nothing. It IS the kind of thing that?sounds?good to a control freak.?They can use words like ?Monitoring?. Yet it actually achieves nothing.

Problem people simply come to the attention of the Police. Action is taken. Job done.

But we wanted the hard numbers and so asked Police: ?Is there any evidence to suggest there is a lower rate of firearm offending by holders of a NZ firearms license since the lifetime license was scrapped??

Further, we asked Police to provide the number of convictions for serious firearm offences by licence holders in the five years before and after the change. As our gun crime is consistently low, this is the best measure available.

Firstly, we were shocked to learn from their reply that New Zealand Police have never even checked to see whether the massive and expensive change that they wanted ever actually achieved anything. So they were unable to answer the first question.

This is the curse of firearm controls. Like an anaconda on a goat they only ever go in one direction ? tighter. You never get liberty returned. Hence no new control is ever measured for its effectiveness. It?s just on to the next one.

Secondly, let?s look at what all those millions achieved.

In the five years before the change 359 offenders committed 500 offences.

In the five years after the change 350 offenders committed 503 offences.

In other words ? almost identical results. So no benefit to the new renewal system at all. Our 250,000 licensed firearm owners just continued to be responsible. Except for the problem 0.00028%.

Now the hard question: will any future New Zealand government actually set aside emotion and really base our firearm regulations on facts and reality? Political extremists like the?Green Party want to shorten the period for renewals even more, to five years.

It should be noted that the official Green Party firearm policy for New Zealand thinks that we are in Canada. They literally don?t even know what country they are in. Despite many corrections, their demand to change the ?firearm acquisition certificate? remains on their website. Kiwis had to Google what it even was.

We don?t just need to return to the Lifetime Licence. We also need an end to the insulting random checks that owners of semi-automatic rifles, handguns and collectors’ arms currently endure.

I asked the Police how many of these checks have resulted in a conviction for a breach of the Arms Act. They could not provide a single record of this happening. Not one.

Again, the most senior of Police have admitted that the checks simply serve no purpose.

Again ? problem shooters exist. They come to the attention of the Police. But never through random checks or renewals of license.

The last nonsense we should address is the checks of recorded firearms. There has never been an audit of this system?s gross inaccuracy. Despite Police being aware of the issue. Don?t expect one either. Police have told the writer that they are simply too busy.

This does not prevent them forever trying to expand the register to include all firearms however. Just because they cannot keep track of a few thousand doesn?t mean that they can?t handle a million and a half. Apparently.

Even as I type, Police are pushing for an increase in licence fees to reflect the costs they claim to face. I know where a lot of savings can be made to prevent this. Call me, guys.


Mike Loder is a firearm control advocate who has researched international responses to the firearm safety issue over 25 years.

Does access to firearms increase our suicide numbers?

I attended a recent firearms seminar where one speaker addressed the role of firearms in the nation?s dreadful suicide problem. The essential gist of his presentation was that the more people who have access to firearms ? the more suicides that the nation can expect.

These firearms just made it all too easy to act on impulse. What concerned me was the lack of ANY supporting data to prove this claim. The attendees were told that the theory was based on some ?anecdotal? evidence. So feedback from the suicide victims after the event.

I first suspected the use of mediums and spirit boards. It was later clarified that the sum total of ?proof? in support of the speaker?s theory was ? at best – a few discussions with troubled persons who had in fact just considered using a firearm to harm themselves.

As a researcher, it did shock me that no effort of any kind had been made to gather the readily available numbers here. Not by those claiming to be experts in the field. Those who were now literally lecturing to others wanting to tackle the issue of suicide and get our numbers down.?? Read more »

Now, that is some shooting!

A bad wog just received a salient lesson, on the perils of combat and long range sniping, from an SAS sergeant with a.50 cal machine gun…from 2.4km away: Quote:

A British sniper gunned down a jihadi from almost 2.4km away in what is reportedly the best long-range shot ever in the SAS.

The sergeant killed the Islamic State commander with a .50 Calibre machine gun, shooting him in the chest.

The Islamist’s arm and shoulder were torn off due to the force of the bullet and he died instantly. The jihadi was on a British and US kill list.

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An open letter to Alastair Scott

Dear Mr Scott

I agree with the fact that we need to tougher penalties, that are enforced, when firearms, in the hands of criminals, are used in perpetrating criminal acts.

I enjoy collecting some firearms as well as shooting and hunting. I read the draft of your?Arms (Prohibition on Shortened Firearms) Amendment Bill. Your proposal has unintended consequences for law-abiding firearm owners. There are a number of reasons why an owner may wish to legally cut down a rifle or shotgun barrel, provided the overall length remains longer than 762 mm. For instance, when putting a suppressor on a rifle, owners usually shorten the barrel slightly to keep the overall length of the rifle (with the silencer on) down, otherwise it becomes too cumbersome to carry in the bush for hunting. The sport of ‘Cowboy Shooting’ would also be severely affected as shotguns are often shortened for this sport.? ? Read more »

A good judge properly enforces ‘fit and proper person’ test

Yesterday, front page of the Sunday Star-Times, was a story that was somewhat strange, but buried in the middle of it all was a good decision by a good judge: Quote:

Shirley Whyte can’t fathom how her 16-year-old son died.?”I still don’t know what happened that day,” she says. “It was a beautiful, clear sunny day and Mark was shot in an open paddock. I want to know what happened and who was there.”

This much is known: Tuatapere man Brendon Diack, another hunter,?fired at least one of the?shots that passed through Mark Whyte’s green-brown Swanndri on September 21, 1996. Diack admitted a charge of careless use of a firearm causing death, and served 29 days in jail. Remorseful, he later told media he wasn’t allowed?to?go hunting again, and didn’t?want to.

Twenty-two years of grief and anger culminated this week in a?court decision?that is being hailed as setting a legal precedent in New Zealand gun control.

Because?Diack was not true to his word. As the years passed after the killing, he decided he did wish to go hunting again ? and five or six times, he applied to police for a new gun licence. Every time, they refused. And so,?frustrated, he took the police to court.

Late on Friday afternoon,?Judge Mark Callaghan refused Diack’s?bid to get his licence back, pointing to the 1996 tragedy and two angry outbursts?in 2013 and 2014 to show Diack was not a fit and proper person to hold a firearms licence. End quote.

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New planes for Defence Force to replace clapped out Orions?

It looks like the Air Force could be getting some brand new planes: Quote:

Defence Minister Ron Mark is one step closer to making the biggest defence procurements in recent years.

Mark will take his proposal to purchase up to four?Boeing P-8A Poseidon?maritime patrol planes from the United States?to the Cabinet Government Administration and Expenditure Review Committee on Monday.

The planes, which would replace replace its retiring P-3?maritime patrol fleet, could?cost up to?US$1.4 billion (NZ$2.03 billion).This would be one of the most significant purchases, since the frigate upgrade.

However, the New Zealand Defence Force says the price is likely to be less than that.

Once the Cabinet committee had seen the proposal, it would have to go to Cabinet, before a decision on the purchase was made. There was no set date for the proposal to go to cabinet, but Mark said that was expected to happen before the end of July. End quote.

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The first bi-annual Whaleoil Gun Club shoot

Yesterday morning dawned fine and freezing in Awakeri as the inaugural shoot of the Whaleoil Gun Club met for a day of fun with guns.

There were 11 participants, and around 47 firearms. Attendees were Cam, Spiker, Flattanker, Mark, X-bolt, Richard, Wallace Westland, WH, Muz3, macvac and Kopua Cowboy. A couple of apologies were received, see you next time guys. Readers, you’d be proud of us, we were the model of diversity. We had bolt action rifles, category A semi-auto rifles, category E semi-auto rifles (owners only), lever action rifles, pump action shotguns, over and under shotguns, semi-auto shotguns, pistols, revolvers, a black powder rifle and a black powder revolver. We covered the entire spectrum.

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Florida shooting: MSM don’t miss opportunity to attack Trump

Weapons locker in mess Photo/ Cam Slater, Whaleoil Media

US President Donald Trump has called the suspect in the mass school shooting in Florida “mentally disturbed” as he vowed to help local jurisdictions tackle mental health issues, but he made no mention of stricter gun control laws.

That’s because stricter gun control wouldn’t have made a difference.

[…]Trump pledged his administration would help “tackle the difficult issue of mental health” and said the issue of improving safety in schools would be the top priority during a meeting later this month with governors and state attorneys general. Yet Trump made no mention of gun control laws in the aftermath of the third-deadliest school shooting in US history.

The shooter passed the background check and didn’t have a criminal record.

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