Mail Order Guns in NZ, Easy As Taking Candy from a Baby

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Heather du Plessis-Allan opens her mail order purchase

An investigative journalist (yes, there are one or two left in New Zealand) has exposed a flaw in New Zealand’s gun controls by buying a mail-order .22 rifle without a firearms licence.

Heather du Plessis-Allan purchased the rifle from a NZ company that bills itself as the  “world’s largest gun store” using nothing more than $300, a fake name and fake gun licence. Apparently, there was no cross checking or validation that her gun licence was genuine. Ms du Plessis-Allan didn’t even have to produce ID for her purchase.

The NZ media/police are calling the process a “loophole” but its looks like a dirty great pothole that police have probably been aware of for some time

Buying firearms in New Zealand has been likened to taking candy from a baby: its so easy for crims to buy firearms! Actually,  there are so many firearms in circulation that supply has obviously outstripped demand: Ms du Plessis-Allan could have bought her rifle cheaper on the black market:

University of Canterbury criminologist Greg Newbold doubted that criminals or gangs would’ve been exploiting the suspected online loophole.

“The real issue is the number of illegal firearms held in unlicensed hands,” he said.

“There’s a big underworld trade, with a helluva lot of shotguns, .22s [rifles] and pistols in the hands of people who are unlicensed. They circulate in the black market quite frequently.

“Heather [du Plessis-Allan] could’ve bought an illegal firearm much more easily than going through that process.”

What’s worse, the police have no idea who owns what and how much.

David Tipple, The millionaire owner of the “world’s largest gun store” has threated to take out a private prosecution against the journalist if the police don’t collar her, saying

“I’m ready for battle…she’s going down 100 per cent”

Is that a threat? Rather sinister coming from the owner of the “world’s largest gun store” Mr Tipple has obviously got her in his sights.

Incidentaly, Mr Tipple has got cat least one criminal conviction, and served a year in a New Mexico prison for failing to notify an airline he had firearms in his luggage. In 2002, Tipple was arrested at Los Angeles airport when US Customs officials found 29 guns and 340 rounds of live ammunition in his baggage.Yet he’s still allowed to run “the world’s largest gun store” in lil ‘ol NZ.

As soon as the media released the story police closed the “loophole” and from today will require all mail order/on-line purchasers to have their licence authenticated at a police station prior to purchase. The police will then pass on documentation directly to the retailer.

You can appreciate all the extra paperwork that is going to generate. The police are already understaffed and under resourced and they’re unlikely to receive any new resources, unless of course the price of a licence goes up…which makes you question what the licence fee has been paying for up until today.

n.b. at a conservative estimate there are 1.1 million firearms in New Zealand, no one knows the true number because none of them have to be registered. Just the owners.

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Guns good to Christchurch dealer David Tipple” (  2 May 2015)

…The family that shoots together stays together as duck season is also a time for bonding. A photo on the office wall has Tipple grandchildren draped in camouflage with faces blackened, ready to hammer some ducks. He told the Sunday Star-Times in 2011 that he would take children aged 4 and up duck shooting but would not let them handle a gun until they were 8. Mild outrage followed…

Tipple’s faith keeps him from worrying too much about the ethics. “I’m a Christian and I think animals were put on Earth for man,” he says. “I don’t have any issue about that.”

He sometimes feels a little sentimental about deer. He was a deer farmer for a time and if he must kill them, he makes sure they don’t go to waste. But otherwise, “just like I spray flies, I spray pest rabbits or pest wallabies. I don’t see it as different…”

read on

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Youth Crime, Meth and Firearms: New Zealand’s Perfect Storm  (13 Oct 2015)

Yesterday we wrote about lax gun control in New Zealand and exposure of Kiwi children to a firearms culture.

Today we’re writing about the perfect storm: a 12 year old boy high on methamphetamine robbing a shop with a rifle, all for a handful of sweets. This single incident highlights a host of social issues plaguing New Zealand: grinding social disadvantage, youth crime, out of control drug use and firearms possession.

The robbery took place in the North Road dairy in Kaitaia at 8.35 pm on Sunday, the offender and a 15 year old accomplice were traced to an address in Matthews Ave. When police arrived the 12 year old spat at an officer, punched him in the face and kicked him in the mouth. Police suspect the kids were under the influence of methamphetamine (crystal meth)… read on

11 Year Old Boy Fatally Shot in Kainagora Forest (12 Oct 2015)

New Zealand’s lax gun control laws are under scrutiny again after police revealed that the male person who died yesterday in a hunting incident was an 11 year old boy. The child died as a weapon was being unloaded at the end of a hunt. Hunting permits for the forest are issued by First Security, but a spokeswoman for the company refused to comment on whether the group had a permit to be on the land.

The deceased child has been named as Connor Brian Phillips, a student at Reporoa primary school. Our thoughts and condolences are extended to his family and friends for their loss.

Reporoa has a pig hunting club, but it is not known if Connor’s shooting party had a connection with it. However, photos from the club’s Facebook page clearly show hunting is very much a family activity in New Zealand… read on

Bucklands Beach Stolen Arsenal Turns Up in Northland (16 February 2015)

Part of the massive arsenal of weapons and ammunition stolen from a private home in Bucklands Beach has turned up in the hands of Northland criminals.

In June last year we wrote about how the cache went missing on the eve of the anti-gun initiative “Operation Unification” an Australasian-wide two-week campaign aimed at encouraging the public to report those who hold firearms illegally.

The house from where the cache was ‘taken’ was metres away from Bucklands Beach Primary school.

Why exactly did a suburban home in Bucklands Beach need a massive gun cache and 5,000 rounds of ammunition? and why did it all get taken just as Operation Unification started?

Here’s a list of what was stolen. Bear in mind this was from a house on a densely populated, suburban street in an upmarket neighborhood popular with migrants… read on

“Caesar Guerini” (brand)

• 1 x Forum 12 gauge field gun

• 1 x Forum 12 gauge sporter impact

• 1 x Elipse Evo 20 gauge field gun and another 28 gauge barrel

• 4 x semi automatic shotguns

• “Browning” (brand)