We’re beginning to think that the police estimate of 1.1 firearms in circulation in New Zealand may be a little on the conservative side.
You may remember a while ago a TV reporter was able to forge a licence and buy a rifle through mail order. Well, gang members don’t even have to be that devious. They just do everything legally because the lax system enables them to, almost literally, get away with murder.
This is in today’s NZ Herald
A gang member was able to legally buy 18 high-powered firearms before police cottoned on – and now the cache has vanished.
The man, understood to be a patched member of the Headhunters Motorcycle Club, bought the guns, including high-powered semi-automatic rifles, with a value of about $30,000, between 2012 and 2015, the Herald has learned.
It is understood that in January, police went to the Northland man to revoke his licence and guns, only to find he had already sold them…
Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash said the case highlighted the changes needed to toughen current firearms laws to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
“How did a person like this get a licence in the first place?” he asked. “You’ve got to have a good character test … and guys like this do not pass this in any way, shape or form.”
A police spokesman said typically a gang member’s convictions and/or associations would mean they fail the fit and proper person requirements.
And the police wonder why there’s a gun offence almost every day in New Zealand?
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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
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