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New Zealand: Gun law 'feel good' legislation

Posted: 04.15.11 01:30 AM

The owner of the country's biggest gun store says restricting access to imitation firearms won't make a scrap of difference to reducing crime.
Police Minister Judith Collins has introduced an amendment to the Arms Act which aims to put restrictions on importing air guns that look like real pistols, military style weapons, or restricted weapons.
But Gun City owner Dean Tipple says making fake guns harder to access may simply mean criminals turn to carrying knives.
"Politicians feels that they can bring in a law that will make the public feel good," he told Newstalk ZB. "The aim of all legislation should be to reduce injury or harm."
Ms Collins says replica weapons are frequently used by criminals and can be easily mistaken for the real thing.
"Police say that there have been around about one incident a week where replica firearms have been used for robberies and other criminal activities, and many of these involve the Armed Offenders Squad so they're very dangerous situations," she says..

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