Just when you though it couldn’t get anymore farcical across
“During Question Time, Bishop asked Police Minister Stuart Nash if he stood by statements of police in relation to the theft of 11 guns from the Palmerston North police station and if police paid for the return for some or all the guns that were stolen.
Last week Stuff reported that eight of the guns taken on Anzac Day, including a semi-automatic weapon, were recovered. As of Friday, three guns – a BB gun and older weapons either being held as exhibits or waiting to be destroyed – were yet to be recovered.
After Question Time Bishop told reporters he had credible sources to back up his claim and the Police Minister should front up. “My understanding, which has not been denied by the Police Minister is police paid for the return for some or all of the firearms that have been recovered.”
Nash owed New Zealanders an explanation about whether police had to buy back the guns that were stolen when they left the backdoor open, he said.
“Mr Nash and the Prime Minister said New Zealanders could hand their firearms into Police following the Christchurch terrorist attacks. But they didn’t check first whether Police could securely hold them. Mr Nash refused to say whether or not police paid for the return of the guns, despite being asked twice in Parliament today.
“The Minister needs to be honest about what has happened here. It would be deeply embarrassing for the Government’s gun buyback scheme to start by paying criminals for weapons stolen from a police station.”
Interesting to see what Comrade Nash has to offer in explanation, but you would think that there would be something serious behind the claim to bring it into question time.
This is also after crime gangs point blank stated that they would not be surrendering their firearms.
That’s not all, earlier in the week Jackboot insulted Kiwi gun owners with this ‘offer’:
Essentially your options are:
1. Surrender without compensation or go to gaol
2. Surrender for compensation or go to gaol
3. Apply for an endorsement that you’ll never get and then surrender or go to gaol
This also looks like a trojan horse to compile a list for government confiscation. In other words, as there is no registration on most categories of firearms in New Zealand, NZ Police likely do not know who has what. This looks like a ploy to generate a list of firearms, by giving gun owners the facility to admit that you have the firearms that the government doesn’t know about.
And then you’ll get a visit from NZ Police, as they have already been doing to collectors, anyone who bought an AR15 after 15 March or, it appears, anyone with a political opinion that the NZ Government doesn’t approve of:
Learn from Australia’s mistake. Give them nothing.