Posted by: rivettingkatetaylor | September 20, 2010

new gun laws

Is it time to license guns as well as the people who fire them?

Police register licensed firearms owners, not the firearms, even though there are thought to be anywhere between 700,000 and 1.2 million firearms in New Zealand.

There have been a spate of gun thefts in Wairarapa. The stuff website says police fear they have been stolen to order and have fallen into the hands of criminals (no kidding – stolen firearms are in the hands of criminals. Duh.)

The story reads… “Thirty firearms – including pump-action shotguns, rifles and handguns, as well as ammunition – have been stolen from Wairarapa properties this year. In the latest raid, nine guns were stolen from Dalefield Hall, in rural Carterton, last weekend. The thieves made off with the sporting rifles used by a gun club, complete with rifle bolts. Two weeks earlier, thieves broke into a house in semi-rural Masterton, smashed their way into a gunstore on a study wall, and made off with a locked gun cabinet and weapons. The guns included a .270 rifle, a .303 rifle, two 12-gauge shotguns, three air rifles and an air pistol.”

I have done many stories for the police/Mountain Safety Council over the past 10 years for a Farming The Year Ahead feature I write for the DomPost.  Separate guns and ammunition, lock them away, bolt the cabinet to the building, hide it…. and still the thieves come.

We license cars as well as drivers. Why not guns. They’re just as lethal in the hands of stupid people.

Added grammar question – license something with an s (s for skip, which is a verb) or get a licence with a c (noun) – something someone taught me once… I must have been sort-of listening but is my memory correct?!



  1. Apropos of the grammar lesson – also practice – noun because it ends in ice which makes practise (with an s for skip) a verb.

  2. Practise (verb) as in advise. Practice (noun) cf. advice. Never fails.
    Hope all’s well in CHB.

    • Thank you Richard – hope all is well where you are! I bet it is warmer. CHB is getting off lightly (touch wood) compared to the rest of the country’s weather but it’s still revolting and blowing a gale. More snow in Southland over night and another 4.5 aftershock in Christchurch. We went to bed last night at 9pm when the power went off but fortunately it’s back on this morning.

      • Three weeks away from CHB and it seems like a majority of the biblical plagues are being visited on Godzone. (I think the locusts are eying up the Flemington racecourse in Victoria, though). We are working in a small town in the country – not unlike Waipukurau. But sheep and green grass have given way to reddish sand and camels. At least the weather’s getting a bit autumnal now -down to 40 degrees today. I see CHB is expecting double digit degrees today! Keep up the good communication.

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