PM cool on on-line firearms sale ban

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Prime Minister Bill English says the Government was not keen on a wholesale ban on on-line gun sales following a double shooting in rural Whangarei.
Quinn Patterson, 55, last week shot and killed Wendy Campbell, 60, and her daughter, Natanya, 37, while they were conducting a property inspection of the home he was renting.
The house Patterson was in went up in flames during a subsequent shoot-out with police, his body found in the rubble days later.
Auction website Trade Me over the weekend confirmed Patterson had traded guns on-line, and reports suggested he used someone else’s firearms licence number.
Patterson did not have a licence himself, as required for on-line gun trading.
Mr English today told TVNZ procedures around on-line gun buying had already been tightened up in the past few years and said an outright ban on on-line sales would be too far.
“The internet is part of doing business these days. And it may even be counter-productive to jump to a position of saying ‘There’s no internet trading of firearms’,” he said.
“Because there’s a very large, legitimate, controlled and responsible trade . . . we are very unlikely to go that far.”
He said while the Government was keeping an open mind about possible law changes to fix loopholes, the facts of the case had yet to be established and any new rules needed to be balanced with the effect on legitimate firearms owners. NZN

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