Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I've been told New Zealand is a beautiful place that has a lot of nanny-state

GFWs running things; looks like the last part is proven.
As we've seen in the past few days, gun owners need to be aware of
local and global threats. This includes being mindful of restrictions imposed by gungrabbers in other countries. Case in point, New Zealand, where:

Thousands of gun owners will be affected by a decision to reclassify many weapons as military-style semi-automatics.

The CliffsNotes version: If your previously-designated "sporting configuration" semi-automatic rifle has a pistol grip, it will now be reclassified as a "military-style semi-automatic." The previous A-class license "law-abiding" New Zealanders obtained will no longer be good enough.

Those buying these guns now need to have the tougher E-class endorsed licence, obtain a permit to buy and advise police of the make and model.

Oh, and then there's this:

The change could cost some owners about $1000 for upgrading their licences and safety equipment.

Not to mention this:

[Police superintendent Tony] McLeod said the reclassification was not an attempt to create a firearms registration system by default, but better tracking of these types of weapons may be a result.

Yeah, right. Good one, Tony.


Keith said...

I think it was in the 80s that NZ bastocrats wanted to bring in regs like the 1972 British green paper that was resurrected as the british acts of '88 and 97.

During the consultation process it was made clear to the legislators that the then current laws based on the British 1968 act served no practical purpose in keeping guns out of the hands of criminals.

It must be a unique event in history, but the legislators listened, and although licencing was retained, it became a pretty much "shall issue" and for life affair.

Seems the lft never gives up trying to control everything for the sake of controling, as there is no evidence of any benefit from any of the commonwealth countries' stupid British style gun laws.


Anonymous said...

Time to make that "military-style" weapon be lost.
"Why haven't you renewed your rifle license?"
"I lost it."
"I took it on the boat with me & it dropped overboard in over 100 feet of ocean."

What's the policeman going to do? Call you a liar? Probably. But unless our EnZed friend is a complete and utter klutz, he should be able to hide his rifle and play ring-around-the-cop for a loooonnnnngggg time.

B Woodman
SSG (Ret) US Army