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    New Zealand to Create National Gun Owner Registry, Tighten Firearms Laws

    New Zealand to Create National Gun Owner Registry, Tighten Firearms Laws

    NZ Prime Minister Ardern: “Owning a firearm is a privilege not a right.”

    New Zealand government introduced legislation on Friday aimed at further tightening the country’s gun laws. The bill, tabled by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, will create a nationwide gun registry and criminalize certain firearm modifications, local newspapers report. If passed into law, it will require gun owners to register their weapons every five years.

    The new law is in addition to the series of gun restrictions approved by the parliament following the Christchurch mosque shootings on March 15 that left 51 people dead. The country’s ruling Labour Party and the mainstream media launched a campaign against the country’s supposedly “weak laws on firearms” in the wake of the shootings. The government banned assault weapons such as the AR-15 and rolled out a buyback scheme, collecting more than 18,000 weapons.

    “Owning a firearm is a privilege not a right,” Prime Minister Ardern declared. The proposed Arms Legislation Bill will stop guns “from reaching the hands of criminals,” she added.

    Her remark was meant to highlight the difference between the gun-rights laws in New Zealand and the United States, Germany’s DW News noted: “Introducing the new bill, Ardern once more made clear the difference in attitudes toward gun ownership between her country and the United States, where the possession of firearms is seen by many as a citizen’s right as it is enshrined in the US Constitution.”

    The New Zealand Herald reported the details of the proposed gun law:

    [The Arms Legislation Bill] will hold the licence holder’s full name, date of birth and address, along with details of their licence number and any endorsements; details of firearms, restricted weapons and prohibited magazines including identifying markings and information on storage; and record all transfers, sales, purchases, imports and exports of firearms and other items. Private sales will still be permitted. (…)

    It also introduces new offences and higher penalties and will see New Zealand accede to the United Nations (UN) Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition (the Firearms Protocol).

    “We know that the majority of gun crime is committed by people without a licence, with firearms that have either been stolen or traded illegally,” [Prime Minister Jacinda] Ardern said as she announced the new gun laws in Christchurch today, six months after the mosque shootings in the city.

    “Owning a firearm is a privilege not a right; that means we need to do all we can to ensure that only honest, law-abiding citizens are able to obtain firearms licences and use firearms.”

    The April gun reforms took action to remove military-style semi-automatics while the new steps are aimed at stopping guns from reaching the hands of criminals, the Prime Minister added.

    “Our focus since March 15 has been on ensuring that our communities are as protected as they can be from the potential for another attack like the horrific one we witnessed in Christchurch,” she said.

    It is unclear how registering law-abiding gun owners will stop weapons from getting into the hands of the organized crime or how restricting firearms sales to ordinary citizens will prevent gun-related crime.

    The bill also includes “provisions to enable health practitioners to notify Police if they have concerns about a licence firearms owner’s health or wellbeing,” Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reported. “If the person presented to the doctor with mental health issues, the doctor would be expected to pass that information on to the police,” the broadcaster said.

    The bill goes further than just addressing mental health issues and proposes “a system of warning flags to show if a person might not be fit to hold a firearms licence,” the RNZ added. “Behavior that would raise flags included encouraging or promoting violence; hatred or extremism.”

    According to the 2018 Small Arms Survey, New Zealand ranks 17th globally in terms of gun ownership, with an estimated 1.5 million firearms spread across a population of nearly 5 million. New Zealanders own an estimated 26 guns per hundred residents, compared to more than 120 in the United Stated or 19 in Germany, the survey claims.

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    None of the measures these leftists in NZ are proposing will stop the “wrong people” (criminals and terrorists) from getting their hands on whatever they want.

    Firearms registries don’t work. Don’t take my word for it. Take the Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner’s word for it. When conservatives were trying to scrap it he said they were having a firearms related murder epidemic (by Canadian standards, not Baltimore or Chicago standards I’m sure) in Toronto. The firearms registry neither deterred any of these murders nor helped the police solve them. Why? Because none of the firearms the murderers used were registered, at least not to the perps. They were all either stolen or smuggled into the country.

    Gee, imagine that. Somebody who will commit the crime of murder will also commit the crimes of theft/robbery or smuggling.

    Another thing criminals will do is hack into the firearms registry database so they know who has firearms, where they live, and exactly what firearms they have. That’s how vulnerable the Canadian registry was. A computer consultant who worked for the contractor who developed and maintained the registry actually demonstrated the security flaws to the company executives but nobody did anything about them. There were actually break ins where the thieves were targeting firearms owners who had registered their guns, and the guns were obviously the objective. Because basically the Canadian government had provided the thieves a map and a shopping list. Now NZ is going to repeat the same mistake. Stupid. Stupid.

    New Zealand interdicts a lot of drugs but they know they don’t get nearly all of them. If you can’t stop drug smuggling you won’t stop firearms smuggling. Japan couldn’t do it. In the 1980s the Yakuza would pay a Sailor the equivalent of $100 to bring back just one round of .45 ACP from the Philippines. By the time I was stationed in Japan in the 1990s they wouldn’t have paid you a nickel for just one round. Because by that time the illicit Chinese and Russian black markets had gotten going, and all a Japanese fisherman had to do was head into the Yellow Sear of Japan and meet their counterparts and they could bring back enough Tokarevs or Makarovs with ammo and make a pretty tidy sum for one night’s work.

    This, by the way, is how the Irish Republican Army got resupplied with arms and ammunition back during “the Troubles.” The Royal Navy couldn’t stop it, either.

    Gun buybacks don’t work. The Australians just had in 2017 their second national amnesty and buyback/confiscation since the Port Arthur mass shooting in 1996 (at the state and territorial level they’ve had 28) and conservatively they still have at least 260,000 illegal firearms in the country. This in a nation of only just over 24 million.

    And has everyone forgotten the terrorists in the November 2015 Paris massacre used real milspec, full auto, actual weapons of war? Probably Zastava M70 assault rifles. These are slightly modified versions of the Soviet AKM. They were first generally issued in 1970, they were the most widely issued infantry assault rifle in the Yugoslav army, consequently they were the most widely used during the Balkan war when the former Yugoslavia exploded apart, and they are still issued in the former Yugoslav states as well as kept in reserve storage in the tens of thousands. Plus I’m sure there were a lot that fighters on all sides never surrendered. Since the criminals who control the Muslim dominated banlieues maintain contact with Muslim criminal gangs in the Balkans they exist in the thousands in France as well.

    You can’t buy a military style rifle in France or probably in all of Western Europe. But why would you want to when you can so easily pick up the real deal.

    There is no other country in the world which holds freedom of conscience (speech, press, religion) as dearly as does the United States;
    There is no other country in the world which holds the right to life (and defense thereof) as dearly as does the United States;
    There is no other country in the world which holds the right of security of property (against meddling, seizure, co-option) as dearly as does the United States;
    There is no other country in the world which holds the security of the individual (arrest, association, compelled activity) as dearly as does the United States.

    The list goes on. Some other countries hold part of these rights and freedoms, but there is not a single other country which holds ALL of them – or even most of them – so reverently.

    Comparisons of this or that right vs. this or that freedom vs. this or that privilege … such comparisons with the US are meaningless exercises in misdirection. Don’t be fooled by them.

    the new steps are aimed at stopping guns from reaching the hands of criminals
    No, they’re not. They’re really not.
    They’re aimed at control, with the belief that control will allow the prevention of crime. A look at any fully-autocratic society will prove that.

    Socratease | September 16, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    “It is unclear how registering law-abiding gun owners will stop weapons from getting into the hands of the organized crime …” It won’t, but, as NZ found when they decided to ban “AWs”, you can’t enforce it if you don’t know where they are. Registration only does one thing well: Tell authorities where the guns are when they want to confiscate them.

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