What a surprise:
“Neither Fatu nor Black Power’s O’Reilly hide from the fact their gangs have guns – some of them illegal. And neither is willing to concede they should turn them in after the Christchurch attack.
“Will gangs get rid of their weapons? No,” Fatu says. “Because of who we are, we can’t guarantee our own safety.”
A report by the Law and Order Select Committee in April 2017 described unlawful firearms possession is an integral aspect of New Zealand’s gang culture. A 2014 police analysis showed 44 per cent of gang members had been charged with firearms offences.
Police said 29 gun licences were given to known gang members in 2016. Six of them were later revoked.
According to O’Reilly, Black Power members use guns to hunt for food to feed their families and to defend themselves. He admits many obtain their guns illegally.
“Most of these firearms that are in the hands of gang members have come through Pākēhā gun owners or they’ve been imported.”
So there you have it. People who illegally obtain their firearms and use them illegally have no intention of surrendering them – the shock of the century. And with 44% of gang members charged with firearm offences, that’s nearly half and that’s just the ones they know about. The more interesting question is how did NZ Police issue firearm licences to 29 known gang members in one year?
NZ Police can’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals but now they want to take them out of the hands of 250,000 people who had nothing to do with what happened in Christchurch. Predictable.
Jacinda Ardern’s gun grab just keeps looking more obvious as to what it really is – disarmament of the country through compensated confiscation with the threat of imprisonment for non-compliance. Not that that’s news to Australian gun owners.
What’s good enough for the least law abiding members of society is good enough for the most law abiding.
Give them nothing.