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New Gun laws went into force at midnight.
Basically this has made criminals out of a large proportion of the 250,000 licensed firearms owners in NZ.
All Semi Automatic Centrefire rifles are now Prohibited Firearms. Forget the term MSSA, ( Military Styled Semi Automatic) the legislation includes all semi automatics...........including things like Browning Safari's Remington 7400's etc. If it is a semi centrefire rifle it is not allowed to be used, must remain in your gunsafe waiting for the Police to come to your residence and seize it under the new legislation. The Govt will buy them back, but I doubt they will pay anywhere near full market value.
All Semi Automatic Shotguns with a fixed magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds or that take detachable magazines are also banned. Included in this are also Pump Action shotguns that can hold more than 5 rounds and any shotgun that takes detachable magazines.
All .22 ( or smaller cal) Rimfire rifles that have a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds irrespective of the type of action.
This includes Lever actions, Bolt and Pump actions making Henry lever action rimfire 22's prohibited for example along with Grandads Winchester model 62 etc etc etc.
The new laws also prohibit any detachable ( centrefire, rimfire or shotgun) magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds and any parts that can convert a legal firearm into a prohibited firearm....
The process used to bring these laws into fruition was rushed, done in extreme haste and suspended due process that forms the mainstay of our Parliamentary system.
There is a 6 month amnesty period for all licensed firearms owners. All firearms and parts described above will in all probability be destroyed.
Firearms sports like 3 gun competitions will no longer be part of our shooting scene along with other firearms related sports.
The above is just the beginning as the Govt has said there will be further legislation down the track and are talking about a 'gun register' amongst other things...........despite the fact that places that have had similar systems have failed ( Canada)
The law abiding licensed firearms community has been totally ignored when drafting and passing the above legislation and I am picking this will be reflected in the ballot box at the next election.
One thing I will say is this.
G & A forum is a public forum. Anyone can read what is posted up here. It appears that the press, anti firearms users and the anti gun lobby have been trolling and reading our NZ Gun forums and using what they have read. The media portrayal of what happened in Christchurch and subsequent events as portrayed in the press and social media has not diminished and has had the effect of labelling all gun owners as 'radicals' etc.
This has made it difficult to speak out about what has happened from a legal gun owners perspective and blind hysteria has deafened all ears to our position as responsible members of society.
'Virtue signalling' has reached a new high and the rise of '****'s' ( Social Justice Warriors' ) has been phenomenal.
This is not a rant. I am just trying to explain what has happened as a result of the actions of a lone ( non citizen) of Godzone country. I will post up some other details in Clubhouse of the ongoing effects.
Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....