1. The Shooter's Lottery objects to the mindless and arbitrary increasing of secure storage requirements for firearms. Gangs are repeatedly entering shooter's homes and demanding that safes be opened at knife point. Such gun thefts can only be prevented in partnership with government. Shooters can only secure their arms against curious children, the mentally unwell and opportunistic burglars. Not organized crime. Only the Police and Courts can achieve that.
As it stands now, gun thieves in New Zealand are unlucky if they even receive a fine for less than the value of the rifle they stole. Often the crime is completely free of consequence. Only 8% of gun thieves are even captured by Police. Who treat firearm robberies with no more urgency or priority than the taking of a lawn mower. Indeed Police don't even attend 12% of crime scenes. If they do - it is often days later and by PHONE. We assume that the victim is asked to describe the fingerprints found? Firearm crime MUST be given a greater priority.
2. The Shooter's Lottery wants to make the theft of, criminal use of and possession of firearms for crime an aggravating factor in sentencing. No more home detention for those found with sawn off shotguns and AK47s. Our firearm penalties are a sick joke. One offender has 46 separate convictions for the misuse of firearms.
3. The Shooter's Lottery rejects the registration of all firearms.
This has failed in every nation that it has been tried – including New Zealand. We abandoned the historical system due to 66% inaccuracy. Canada has also just dumped their system after running BILLION’s over budget and producing nothing of value at any price.
Criminals here are known to grind off serial numbers, defeating a lumbering multi-million dollar system in seconds. Right now only handguns, some semi-automatic rifles and collectables are recorded. Police have confirmed that even this low number of records is known to be massively inaccurate. Yet they have NEVER run an audit and reject Shooter’s demands for this because they are “Too busy”.
4. We Need to Return to the Lifetime Licence
Once upon a time New Zealand had a lifetime firearm license system. We carefully vetted the person applying and then checked their storage security and that was that. On approval they could purchase a basic rifle or shotgun and enjoy their sport.
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.
Shooters always maintained that there was no benefit to the renewal system as far as public safety. It just takes millions of dollars and thousands of hours away from productive policing.
The New Zealand Police have even admitted to the Shooter's Lottery 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 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 license 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.
But 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 those 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 correction their demands 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 License. We also need an end to the insulting random checks that owners of semi-automatic rifles and handguns and collector arms currently endure.
I had asked 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 to this writer 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 Shooter's Lottery that they are simply too busy.
This does not prevent them forever trying to expand the register to include all firearms. 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 you read this - the Police are pushing for an increase in license fees to reflect the costs they claim to face. We already know where a lot of savings can be made to prevent this.
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