Do you need us to tell you that is an insane claim?
It has taken months to get a reply from the Police. They confirm:
“None of the occurrences where a military style semi-automatic, pistol, rifle, or shotgun was used involved an alleged offender who was younger than 10 years old at the time of the offence”. That is every category.
The article itself doubles down with: “and five of those under-10s were carrying a gun”.
We couldn’t get a comment or correction because nobody answers the phone at stuff news and it wont accept messages.
THAT is the joke news service that the government has just bailed out with MILLIONS of your tax dollars.
We will make the usual formal complaints to the joke organisations pretending to maintain journalistic standards in New Zealand. They will of course do nothing.
Patrick Crewdson Is the joke ‘editor’ for Stuff
04 474 0182
Here is the full reply from Police.
Look at the numbers of airsoft guns, toys and shadows counted as guns:
Police National Headquarters
180 Molesworth Street. PO Box 3017, Wellington 6140, New Zealand.
Telephone: 04 474 9499. Fax: 04 498 7400. http://www.police.govt.nz
5 May 2020
Our Reference: IR-01-20-3796
I am writing to you in response to your request dated 8 February 2020. You asked:
From the article linked below:
“In the past three years, more than 2500 children aged 16 and under have been
found by police with weapons, data released under the Official Information Act
shows. Forty-six of them were aged 5 to 9 – and five of those under-10s were
carrying a gun”.
“Ninety-eight children nationwide were found carrying a gun in the year to
October 2019, 28 of whom were in Auckland”.
1. Of the 98 children detailed in Police figures – how many were in possession of
2. How many of the under tens were armed with actual firearms?
My definition of a firearm is a tool capable of launching a projectile by force of
explosive gases. Unloaded arms to be included.
Please note that the information that was released in response to the request mentioned
in that article was “Proceedings against Offenders aged 16 and under where a Weapon is
Used, January 2017 to October 2019”. So this was all offences where an offender was
identified and there was a record of what weapon they had used in that offence. For
example, it could be an assault with a firearm, not simply “a child walking around carrying
a firearm”. Additionally, a proceeding counts each separate occasion when Police deal
with an alleged offender for one or more offences.
Between 1 Jan 2019 and 31 Oct 2019, there were 85 occurrences where a firearm was
recorded as used in an offence and, subsequently, a person was identified as an offender
who was aged 16 or younger at the time of the occurrence.
In 18 of these 85 occurrences, the recorded weapon was a Replica.
In 21 of these 85 occurrences, the recorded weapon was Airgun. While adults may own
or use an Airgun without a firearms licence, anyone under the age of 16 may not own an
airgun; they can only use it under supervision. If the person is 16-18 years old, they can
possess and use an airgun only if they hold a firearms licence.
In 25 occurrences, it was not known what specific firearm type was used (this can happen
when a person presents an object like a firearm but it was later not recovered).
The remaining 22 occurrences involved military style semi-automatics, pistols, rifles, and
You will note that the sum of the above is 86 rather than 85. This is because in one
occurrence, both a shotgun and a rifle was recorded as having been used in the offence.
None of the occurrences where a military style semi-automatic, pistol, rifle, or shotgun was used involved an alleged offender who was younger than 10 years old at the time of the offence.
Arms Act Service Delivery Group