POLICE ASSOCIATION MEDIA RELEASE
Police Association Astounded At Government Rejection of Firearms Controls
“The New Zealand Police Association says the Minister of Police has today ignored the risk of increased firearms threats to the public, and made the jobs of front line officers more difficult and definitely more dangerous.”
It goes on to say:
“Minister Bennett appears to have bowed to the pressure of the gun lobby which we believe represents fewer than 10,000 of the 240,000 licensed gun owners. She has ignored the deliberations of the Select Committee, even on the common sense and obvious recommendations, to the point you have to ask why hold an inquiry in the first place,” he said.
FOUNZ would like to point out that we had a post reach of 500,000 last month – and this week alone 140,000.And these numbers are only growing.
“The Minister’s concern about ‘over the top’ rules and restrictions on hunters and shooters ignores the reality that New Zealand is awash with firearms and the majority of them are stolen,” he said.
SO THE MAJORITY OF FIREARMS IN NEW ZEALAND ARE STOLEN?
“The Association keeps a record of firearms incidents reported by its members. The following is just a small sample of those recorded in and around the Auckland area in the last few days:”
“In one Police district alone, officers seized 525 firearms, and recorded 461 offences involving either breaches of the Arms Act or criminal use of a firearm in the last fiscal year,” Mr Cahill said.”
AND WE HAVE ALL SEE HOW ACCURATE POLICE STATISTICS ARE – AFTER ALL, THE MAJORITY OF FIREARMS IN NZ ARE STOLEN.
AND THEN THIS ON COLFO MEMBER NICOLE MCKEE:
While the Association does not question the personal integrity of the two people the Minister appointed as independent advisors on the firearms report, it does challenge their ‘independence’ given one actually made submissions against the Committee’s recommendations.
MR CAHILL – ACTUALLY, YOU ARE QUESTIONING HER INTEGRITY
The full press release can be read here: