With the recent tragedy in the United States, a certain media outlet has been pushing the agenda of registration of all firearms.
This was abandoned in New Zealand in 1983, but has bubbled to the surface again.
It is absurd to suggest that criminals will register their firearms.
That being the case, then it follows that only the law abiding “fit and proper” will do so.
A thin argument can be made that if a person’s firearms licence is revoked (say because of a protection order) then it will enable the police to seize all their firearms.
This is also on the UN Security Council’s agenda to disarm all citizens and there is no evidence to suggest this is not the hidden agenda here.
Given how the Police routinely talk about how they are finding firearms with drug dealers, it is pretty safe to conclude that a person bent on harm is going to get a firearm, as a recent tragic matter in Invercargill has shown.
For registration to prevent a mass shooting all the following must happen before the event:
1/ The individual must signal their desire to do harm in some way;
2/ Law enforcement must act on the threat;
3/ The registry must be accurate;
4/ The individual somehow cannot access other weapons; and
5/ The individual must be detained in some way.
Yet this series of events is very unlikely.
Registration is likely to be very expensive and even with “user pays”. If the price is too high, cost will act as a disincentive to register.
It will use Police money and time to enforce.
This is money and time that should be spent on investigating the theft of firearms, the illegal importation of firearms or those who are “telegraphing” a risk to themselves or others.
If the registry is not accurate, then it achieves nothing. Anyone with endorsed firearms will have had the experience of an inspection and firearms you no longer own coming up.
Given the current shambolic state of import licences we can safely assume that there is no possibility of an accurate record.
Once firearms are registered, and if there is a knee jerk reaction (which there always is) then the Firearms Licence holder (FAL) is the low hanging fruit for political gain.
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