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Gun megastore plan in New Zealand’s Christchurch sparks backlash

New Zealand retailer Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, has aroused concern with plans for a mega store in the South Island city.

Radio New Zealand said some of those living near the proposed site were upset at the prospect of the store, sprawling over 300 sq m along with warehouse, office and carpark, set to open in August. 

“I don’t think many people will be very comfortable to have guns around their homes in a residential area,” one of the residents, Harry Singh, told the broadcaster. 

Gun City did not immediately reply to Reuters’ request for comment.

The location is just 1 km from the racetrack where New Zealand held its first firearms buyback on Saturday, four months after its worst peacetime mass shooting. 

The accused gunman, Brenton Tarrant, bought four weapons and ammunition between December 2017 and March 2018, Gun City owner David Tipple said in March. 

Tarrant, due to stand trial in May, has pleaded not guilty to 92 charges over the attacks, including New Zealand’s first terrorism charge. 

Tipple told Radio New Zealand he was sorry some people were concerned about the new store, but the chain was “willing and happy to introduce those persons to the positives of firearms”.

A gun reform law passed in April bars the circulation and use of most semi-automatic firearms, parts to convert firearms into semi-automatics, magazines over a certain capacity and some shotguns. 

The government has allotted NZ$208 million for buybacks nationwide to compensate gun owners who surrender banned weapons. Police took in 224 firearms on Saturday, with 22 similar events scheduled this week. 

With a population of just under 5 million and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, New Zealand ranks 17th in the world in numbers of civilian firearms owners, the Small Arms Survey shows.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Bloody ridiculous, it is a good business to be in, a growth industry, ChCh should be grateful for the jobs, the building was consented in January, the company opened up a store in the Hawkes Bay not long after the shootings.

    NZer’s want guns, they are going to buy replacement guns with their ‘buy back’ money in a lot of instances. I was thinking that some of the guns handed in have been ones that have been inherited, but I suppose if you don’t have a gun license and didn’t know what to do with them previously you wouldn’t get money for them?

    Is one of the problems with the billboard that there are crosshairs on it? Crosshairs were a trigger during the Arps trial.

    It is due to open in August so it has been being built for months.

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    • I’ve already bought two to replace the ones I will hand in shortly and have another on order which, of course, you as a taxpayer, are helping to pay for. Thank you so much, it’s very decent of you all to forgo the cancer drugs, roading improvements etc. That Cindy she’s a marvel isn’t she?

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      • That’s ok Alice! Unlike the COL I trust our legitimate gun owners with their firearms. I would much prefer the so-called govt spent our taxes on the necessary upgrading of roads instead of disarming the legal gun owners.

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    • That is what those who will be granted “P” endorsements to allow them to keep prohibited guns in their collections will have to do. One friend down South is looking to store his L1A1 breech block at the home of a mate who will store his L1A1 breech block with him. Rushed laws are often poorly written and ill considered.

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  2. Didn’t people here say it was in an idustrial area, shity burb. They would be complaining if it was onthe otherside of town. It’s not as though the guns are going to jump out the door and eat their kids. Who knows the local shop may get an increase in trade!

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  3. Paranoia reigns in YSB?

    The report you quote carries on from comments posted on YSB yesterday which in turn quote the initial bullshit from ChCh slime.

    The initial bullshit was debunked yesterday and doesn’t need repeating.

    Just more typical slime crap quoting some no-name fuckwit without even a basis of fact.

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    • Well. That ‘woke’ transfusion worked remarkably well for you.

      Just a thought, but you could include the link to illustrate your point that ‘something’ was de-bunked. One of the enjoyable things with YSB is that posters tend to add links to illustrate their counter-points or support their assertions. It’s generally one of the defining differences between debate here and the ‘woke’ rantings on the leftwing blogs.

      I’ve applied my ‘de-woking’ translator program to your post and I’m thinking it would play better if you followed this approach….

      Dear Ed. I’m disappointed that you made this post. It’s factually inaccurate about (insert what you think is inaccurate), this assertion has been subsequently de-bunked (insert link to support your point).

      Still, I appreciate your hospitality (and the cost you bear) in hosting this blog site

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      • I was going to say something similar, but decided it wasn’t worth it. But since you brought it up, I was going to say to MT head ” If you don’t like the way I run this blog, you are free to fuck off and set up your own”. It’s not easy finding INTERESTING topics to put up for you to comment on.

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        • I have commented publicly as well as to you privately on my thoughts about the value of this blog and won’t repeat those comments here.

          I do ask whether the blog wants only those who don’t question?

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          • The fact is that you opinion is posted and open to read , you may not like to be downticked but your opinion is now available to all and some may modify their opinions as a result – compared to The Standard were views the blog owners don’t like get removed and sometimes the poster banned – just because the owner doesn’t agree with and that is his right. YSB and to a lesser extent KB allows most opinions to be expressed freely so rejoice your opinion is available for consideration – it used to be called democracy & free speech both now in some danger of being curtailed.

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            • The essence of a blog like this is that we can have a robust exchange of views. If we are all absolutely agreed on everything then we just become another echo chamber like those so beloved by the lefty snowflakes who don’t want to hear a contrary opinion lest it send them running for their safe space.

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          • Just dont leave in a tizz disagreeing on a topic doesn’t have to be all out war, your contributions here are very much appreciated Tinman

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            • No such thing as an ex-policeman. Once a cop always a cop, the training rewires the cerebral cortex.

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              • It was one of the first things that I heard when I took law, was that you wouldn’t think of things the same way after.

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          • I would welcome your questioning of all/any blog posts, that was not the issue with your comment. The issue was that you just ‘went off’. You didn’t specify what it was that you objected to, you didn’t cite any information to support your assertion that it was incorrect.

            I believe that was what all the downticks are for, not for disagreeing.

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        • This is possibly the biggest, most interesting story in the country today in my opinion (of course I have a stake in it as a law abiding gun owner for 55 years) because once the public come to understand just how cynically we are being lied to as part of a United Nations Globalist agenda this surely has the potential to bring down the government. Now if only we had an opposition party!

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          • Judging by the support National gave to this hastily legislation was cobbled together show we have an opposition POODLE. ACT – David Seymour was the only opponent, we need more like him.

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            • Indeed we do and that is why I have joined ACT and will canvas for them or help in any way I can as we head towards the election.

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  4. DP, if I thought that approach would be worth it I would use it.

    I am damned sick of Christchurch being portrayed negatively by slime fuckwits for a story!

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    • The owner takes a lot of flak for that free advertising though that said his customer base won’t be comprised of the whining liberal turds that think law abiding citizens will be safe when only criminals have weapons so it’s probably well worth it for him to put up with their bullshit for a bit

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    • Hadn’t seen that article before. It is good to know that the Stuff propaganda rags are so flush with money that they can afford to turn away full page colour adverts several times a year from Gun City. Also of interest are the comments the majority of which clearly display the sad ignorance of an important part of our firearms culture and heritage among the general public. Guns have been an important part of New Zealand culture since Captain James Cook first got here. It is really pathetic that so many of these people have learned all they know of guns and shooting from Hollywood movies on the TV, that is not something to be particularly proud of is it?

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