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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Police turning a blind eye?

There I was congratulating the Police for catching 500 firearms when I hear news that Gun researcher Philip Alpers (the same guy a Police Officer recently tried to discredit) has claimed that it is the Police’s fault that these guns have slipped in to the country, (very convenient that the Police tried to discredit him the week before this story came out). Alpers claims that it is the laxness of the Police in checking collectors and gun owners which has led NZ to have the second highest rate of firearms per capita in the world.

Police accused of turning blind eye
In the wake of a massive bust of illegal weapons, police are being accused of turning a blind eye to firearms owners.

Six people were arrested and more than 500 guns seized following raids on properties from Northland to Christchurch.

Police searched 55 properties to uncover the illegal weapons, some of which were allegedly imported and then sold for thousands of dollars on the black market.

It follows a four-month investigation into the illegal sale of firearms.

It is a problem police admit they never knew was so big and experts say they have barely scratched the surface.

Gun policy researcher Philip Alpers says police have been cosying up to apparently legitimate gun dealers and collectors for too long. He is not surprised by the seizure, just surprised it has taken this long.

"Up to now the police regarded these people to be so trustworthy that they could ring them up a week in advance and say 'hey I'd like to come over and have a look at your gun safe' - but that didn't catch many people who were doing something wrong," says Alpers.

New Zealand has the second highest rate of firearms per capita in the world.

Firearms laws were tightened after the Aramoana massacre that saw David Gray armed with more sophisticated weapons than the police.

But Alpers says our laws are still out of date.

"Almost every industrialised nation both licences its gun owners and registers every gun. Now New Zealand stands almost alone with the United States in not doing that," he says.

All military style semi-automatic weapons require a specific licence. But for anything less powerful it is the owner who is licensed, allowing them to keep as many guns as they like.

Some of the addresses raided on Wednesday had several hundred firearms.

Police are now investigating how firearms are being smuggled in.

"It's very, very unusual that these guns are smuggled in the country... virtually every gun found in crime came from a legal gun owner or a dealer," says Alpers

With firearms selling for up to 10 times their value on the black market, police say more arrests are likely.

Police now have to work through the evidence they have gathered and check all the firearms against police and importation records, which means weeks if not months of work.


At 21/12/06 8:10 pm, Blogger snigie said...

Everybody wait for the knwwjerk reactions now...

At 21/12/06 10:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...


WAIT - Here they come.......


At 23/12/06 8:55 am, Blogger snigie said...

Check out the AR-15 on trademe.Awesome!

At 23/12/06 10:39 am, Blogger Msth8d said...

I have 3 Ak47, 2 mosbergs pumps action, glock 17, 2 glock 19's, Desert Eagle 5.0

Ahem I would like to thank Trademe for there overwhelming support over the years for this collect, also the police for being as corrupt muppets as they are, for not checking... heres hoping I get my hands on a 50Cal before they wake up..

nothing quite like rabbit hunting with a AK47 for stress release.

At 23/12/06 6:08 pm, Blogger snigie said...

I got an amazing mossberg 500 with a marine coat heat shield that looks awesome. I too would like to thank the police for their complete lack of checking anything to do with firearms sales privately, although if they do decide to redester every gun, most will dissaper of the map because it will just be a new form of tax and besides, most gun owners are quite happy how they are right now without the interference.

At 24/12/06 7:40 am, Blogger Msth8d said...

Nice range that one snigie, I got the 500 and 590 milspec, you can buy a pistol grip from guncity for around 60-70 bucks, add a bit of style to it.. very nice weapon, I only use soilds in the 590, boy whata mess.

At 24/12/06 1:44 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting bomber is butt fucking little gine phil alpers and takes his word as gospel. mindyou, you two do make a lovely couple.

At 24/12/06 3:21 pm, Blogger snigie said...

Got a pistol grip as well as the heat shield, looks good as a silver heat shield against the black mossberg. AK's must be fun though!

At 24/12/06 3:37 pm, Blogger Msth8d said...

Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947 are awesome get one if you can RRP $1.450 from guncity give or take whether it is on special [I have a Cat-C licence lol, long story; funny, but long]

you can summerge this weapon in water, sand & dirt.. pull it out and it will still fire, unbelieveable weapons...most parts are all interchangeable with other versions.

should get one while the going good.. trademes got a cople up there.

At 24/12/06 4:29 pm, Blogger snigie said...

Whats the conditions of getting a C class license? Ive always wanted one but thought it would be to big a mission

At 25/12/06 2:41 am, Blogger Msth8d said...

Fire arms Licence is a class A then you have to be endorsed, its easier if you join a gun club, then after I think its 2-3 years as a active member ask about endorsement for cat C or Cat B if you want pistols... but the police commissioner has to sign off on the endorsed B.. Yet I know heaps of endorsed C, firearms holders that have pistols…..there some restrictions, but nothing that hard

I want a D class licence.

At 27/12/06 12:20 am, Anonymous woppo said...

The bible tells us that David slew 40.000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. Why some people want an Avtomat Kalashnikova 1947 or similar piece of adolescent wankfodder when they already have a vastly more formidable weapon at their disposal is another of life's little mysteries.

At 30/12/06 3:24 am, Blogger bomber said...

Woppo - brilliant post!

interesting bomber is butt fucking little gine phil alpers and takes his word as gospel. mindyou, you two do make a lovely couple.
Anon you little sugar mouth, you're sounding a little jealous of me and Phil, don't worry, someone, someday will love you, chin up champ.


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