What a mess the New Zealand hunting and shooting community has been placed in.
The amount of misinformation, mainstream media bias and cluelessness of those responsible for the implementation of our new guns laws has left many in a spin. And it is little wonder that law abiding licensed firearm owners are becoming increasingly frustrated and disappointed.
Over the last couple of months I have received many calls from concerned hunters and shooters seeking some guidance and support on what exactly to do.
My advice has been this. Sit tight, support each other and keep as up to date as you can as new information comes to light. Quite simply, we have a long way to go and things have the potential to get even worse.
It has become increasingly apparent that our current coalition (the Coalition of Over Promise and Under Deliver) government is struggling with the aftermath of their rushed and subsequently poorly formed legislation. But are we really surprised?! No, there are more examples of how ideological thinking falls part once reality kicks in. Think KiwiBuild for one such example.
The real cost of the ‘buy back’ is of major concern and there is overwhelming information that the true cost will move into the billions. Not that the government wants that to become fact for the general populace, it most certainly won’t go down well. That money could and should be spent on more important matters, like our wellbeing...
So, in an effort to address the situation, this issue features a special report that collates as much of the information currently available.
The purpose of this firearm law reform report is to bring some clarity and factual information to the forefront. For obvious reasons, it is not exhaustive, and a follow-up report will feature in an upcoming issue of NZG&H.
While it may not quite fit with the narrative in this column, I saw a quote the other day that really sums up how I feel about this fiasco we find ourselves in.
“To ban guns because criminals use them is to tell the law abiding that their rights and liberties depend not on their own conduct, but on the conduct of the guilty and lawless.” ~ Lysander Spooner
Sounds about right.
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