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Yet ANOTHER Example of WHY Bigger Gun Safes Are Not The Answer

A man was threatened at gunpoint and hit with a bat in his home before the three attackers stole his guns and fled. Photo / File
A man was threatened at gunpoint and hit with a bat in his home before the three attackers stole his guns and fled. Photo / File

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery in Reporoa in which firearms were stolen after a man was threatened at gunpoint and hit with a bat in his home.

Detective Chris Nairn said police were investigating the aggravated robbery that happened early yesterday morning in Reporoa, south of Rotorua.

Police received a report that at 2.45am a man had been hit across the body with a baseball bat and threatened with a firearm by three men at a rural property.

The victim had minor injuries which did not require medical attention.

“Other firearms, ammunition, and electronic items including mobile phones were stolen from the property, before the offenders left in a vehicle,” Nairn said.

Initial indications suggest the property was targeted.

The police investigation is ongoing and any information from the public is welcomed.

If you are aware of who may be involved or have any information which may be useful, call Rotorua police on (07) 349 9400.

 

There have now been several similar cases. What does it matter how strong the safe is if gangs will demand them opened on threat of death?

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11 thoughts on “Yet ANOTHER Example of WHY Bigger Gun Safes Are Not The Answer

  1. We need home castle law here, break into a person’s home / business and all bets are off, if you injured or killed by the home owner then they aren’t tried by matter of course and are treated as the victim.

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    1. as it stands if someone breaks in and my dog bites them he is aggressive and gets put down. the whole castle doctrine needs to be legal to use as much force as deemed necessary. if someone is inside your house by getting passed locks and windows they get what they deserve.

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  2. It is already the law.

    NZ Crimes Act 1961
    s55 Defence of dwellinghouse
    Every one in peaceable possession of a dwellinghouse, and every one lawfully assisting him or her or acting by his or her authority, is justified in using such force as is necessary to prevent the forcible breaking and entering of the dwellinghouse by any person if he or she believes, on reasonable and probable grounds, that there is no lawful justification for the breaking and entering.
    Compare: 1908 No 32 ss 80, 81; Criminal Code (1954) s 40 (Canada)

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    1. Hi Doug,
      Interested in the law’s interpretation of “preventing” a forcible entry.
      if the criminal is already within the household I believe the law is on his side regarding “reasonable force”? I.E. you didn’t stop him getting in but giving him a hiding once he is in when you could have “left the house and called the police” is frowned upon.

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  3. It seems likely that the REGULATION requiring the licensed owners firearms be secured under locks ensures that the homeowner will NOT be able to access them for lawful self-defense – but home invaders WILL know where to find them.

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  4. Kavpom has not read the regulation, as there is no prohibition to having a firearm to hand at all times on your own property. The only time it needs to be secured is when it is not under your supervision.
    To lock your firearms away when you are home, is you making a choice to be defenceless. Baden-Powell’s advice was to “be prepared”.

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