New Zealand: Disarmament Advocate Pushes for More than Semi-Autos

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New Zealand: Disarmament Advocate Pushes for More than Semi-Autos
New Zealand: Disarmament Advocate Pushes for More than Semi-Autos

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- As New Zealand gun owners seek to comply with their government's new ban on the ownership of semi-automatic centerfire rifles, an advocate for the ban says it is not enough. Nik Green goes so far as to say the attempt to comply with the ban renders the ban pointless. From newshub.com:

Police are looking into whether kits designed to modify AR-15s from semi-automatic to pump-action would allow owners to keep the rifles, which are used in about half of all mass shootings in the US.

Gun Control NZ co-founder Nik Green says allowing the modification kit would render the new laws pointless.

“Any conversion isn't permanent, so you could quite easily switch it back to being a semi-automatic… It doesn't take these dangerous guns off the streets.”

Green is being disingenuous. He makes the jump of logic that because conversions can be reversed, it can be done “quite easily.” It is an enormous jump.

It is true conversions can be reversed. Any modification can be reversed if enough time, money, and energy are used. A welded barrel can be replaced with a new barrel. A receiver cut into three can be welded back together and machined again. The truth is new; fully automatic guns can be made as easily as many conversions can be reversed.  Blowback submachine guns are one of the easiest repeaters to make. They are illegally made in small shops and at home all over the world, from Australia to Canada, to Brazil, to the Philippines to Israel.

If a New Zealand owner of a converted semi-auto can smuggle in parts to reverse the conversion, he could smuggle in parts to make a full-auto submachine gun at home.  A short barrel would be as easy to smuggle as a gas tube and block.  Homemade submachine guns are far less complex than a commercial semi-automatic rifle. From tvnz.co.nz:

It comes as a New Zealand importer considers bringing in an AR-15 modification kit, known as the Animus, which can convert the gun from a semi-automatic weapon to pump-action. The AR-15 was the primary weapon system used during the Christchurch mosque attacks.

The converted pump-action AR-15 has a limited capacity and fires slowly, with every bullet pulled into the chamber manually by hand in a similar fashion to a shotgun. It was designed by an American company to comply with their own gun legislation.

In Australia, an even stricter and more draconian ban was put into place in a similar, emotional rush by the government and media. Pump-action rifles are banned in Australia, as well as semi-autos, so Australians moved to spring assisted straight-pull bolt actions.   This innovative company sells them, quite legally, in several Australian states.

Warwick Arms rifles are spring-assisted, straight-pull bolt actions

The Christchurch murderer planned his act of political terrorism for years. He could have made a submachine gun or several of them. In his manifesto, he mentioned other methods he could have used. He chose semi-automatic guns to obtain maximum exposure for his terrorism from the media and to push New Zealand and American governments toward more draconian gun control measures.

In Japan, a few days ago, a mass murderer killed 33 by arson. In France, another terrorist, with a religious/political motivation, killed 86 with a truck.

It is easy to see why politicians and the media were so eager to ban guns in Australia and New Zealand. They do not own guns themselves and see no cost to banning them.  Banning guns places the target on gun owners and shifts the debate from immigration, terrorism, and  media contagion to gun ownership. Censorship in New Zealand worked to institutionalize that shift.

Freedom of speech and of the press are incompatible with gun bans. In the Australian state of New South Wales, it is illegal to possess the knowledge needed to make guns with 3D printers.

New Zealand is, generally, a law-abiding country. Following the rules works both ways. Without the emotional and irrational boost of a mass killing to fuel new laws, it seems likely the conversion of semi-autos to pump-action rifles will be allowed.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Bowserb46
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Bowserb46

A couple weeks ago, I posted a comment in a forum thread relating to compensation for confiscated guns. I offered Good Luck to all in New Zealanders who were likely at the start of a slippery slope. An hour later I was banned from the forum for life. I think people in New Zealand are afraid of their government, when the situation should be exactly the opposite.

freewill
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freewill

well the last I read theyre not turning their guns in..theres an estimated 1.5 million gun owners and so far only 77 has turned them in

Bowserb46
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Bowserb46

From the NZ hunters’ forum I formerly subscribed to (see above where I was banned for suggesting this is just the beginning), I have the impression that most are complying. There are individuals turning in their semiautos and also major events where the rifles are broken on the spot. The forum thread I read pertained to whether people had received their payments yet and were the payments fair (most said not yet, and none thought the payments were fair.) I visited New Zealand 15 years ago. I will never go back.

Oldshooter
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Oldshooter

Last I heard it was illegal to download a copy of the Christchurch murderer’s “manifesto” in NZ. So most of the pubic there are still unaware of the fact that their government is now Hellbent on doing EXACTLY what he intended to achieve with his murderers. Seems like an interesting connection between 1st and 2nd Amendment rights (at least it would be here in America – neither of those protections against government perfidy exist I NZ).

Bowserb46
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Bowserb46

And most people everywhere are unaware that the nutcase killer was an extreme LEFTIST environmentalist. NOT the extreme right winger he’s been painted as by the driveby press.

tomcat
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tomcat

NZ is not that large of an area. They could save themselves some time and trouble by rounding up the nut cases rather than guns. Oh, they wouldn’t have any government employees left if they did that.

woody
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woody

The only dangerous inanimate objects that I’ve seen thru all this fiasco is the New Zealand Government. Their jump to act or Fight or Flee , Flee in this instance just shows their back bone , they should not be in Office.

Vince
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Vince

NZ needs to elect a new government ASAP!

Bowserb46
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Bowserb46

It’s too late. Can’t put Humpty Dumpty back together. Same reason we must prevent the extreme left socialists from getting control of the Whitehouse and Senate. Once the borders, healthcare, tax, and welfare systems are broken, only a revolution will fix them–and the left will make sure the citizens are disarmed before that can happen.

Green Mtn. Boy
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Green Mtn. Boy

“Any conversion isn’t permanent, so you could quite easily switch it back to being a semi-automatic… It doesn’t take these dangerous guns off the streets.”

The arm is a inanimate object and is not dangerous,the person wielding the arm is another story,not the tool but the person,a concept the Leftist’s fail to comprehend.

JIAZ
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JIAZ

“In the Australian state of New South Wales, it is *illegal to possess the knowledge* needed to make guns with 3D printers”.
“Illegal to possess knowledge”. Reminds me of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

Knute
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Knute

It’s only a matter of time until the ‘firemen’ have kerosene flamethrowers. OFC, kerosene is about history. I guess this time around it’ll be thermite grenades or willy pete. History might not repeat, but it sure does rhyme. -Sam Clemens

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Heed the Call-up

Knute, Willie Pete is also the name of a US chocolate company that uses hot peppers in it’s chocolates, hence the military-lingo reference to white phosphorus, because some are very hot.