No place for guns
I have nothing but praise for the Police cracking down on illegal guns coming into this country. There are few times I’m genuinely surprised by crime stories, but the news that up to 500 illegal guns have surfaced in NZ has to have a zero tolerance policy. Guns like these have only one role - kill people, quickly, we don’t need or want that ability in this country.
Policeman 'shocked' at gun haul
Police have seized hundreds of military-style firearms in raids on gun dealers and collectors.
They believe the powerful automatic and semi-automatic weapons were destined for gangs and other criminals.
Fifty-five gun dealers and collectors were raided in Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North, Wellington and Christchurch.
More than 500 weapons were confiscated.
Six people have been arrested on firearms charges and more arrests are expected. Charges relating to drugs have also been laid.
Some of the firearms were believed to have been imported illegally. Many appeared to have arrived after gun legislation was toughened in 1993.