The Kiwi Gun Blog has asked every political Party in New Zealand for their firearms policy. So that our readers can then make an informed decision on who to vote for come the next election.
Paul Rea is Chairperson of the NZSP and gave us this reply:
“As a new political party currently we do not have any policies on firearms but I will bring the subject up at our next executive meeting. Personally I have no problem with firearms if used properly either for hunting or target shooting. Guns do not kill, people do and more scrutiny should be placed on the person owning or applying for a gun licence. The storage of both firearms and ammunition should be monitored strictly and random checks made on owners to ensure their storage meets all the safety regulations partaking to owning a firearm. It only takes a few bad apples to tarnish the reputation of sensible gun owners and I believe the law should be strengthened to punish anyone who stores a firearm in an unsafe place or anyone that is found to use a firearms recklessly.
Unfortunately more and more guns are finding there way into the wrong hands and are being used for criminal purposes. It is when these guns are used that the public call for all firearms to be banned. If guns are stored correctly and used sensibly there should be no reason for them to be banned”.
As expected, the last generation would tend to appreciate the concept of personal responsibility over the nanny state.
The Kiwi Gun Blog did write back to address some of the issues raised by Paul, clarifying some procedures regarding vetting and pre approved security. Also the greater need to remove the criminal demand for weapons with increased penalties for misuse.
The New Zealand Seniors Party plans to register with the Electoral Commission and run candidates in the 2017 election.
The party is aimed at representing all – including older – New Zealanders, and was launched in June 2016.
This party strikes us as the kind of people who will lean towards the side with the best logical argument. We do not anticipate issues from this group.
More information about the party can be found here: http://www.nzseniorsparty.org.nz/