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Top marksman takes aim at gun buybacks

New Zealand National Rifle Association president Malcolm Dodson. Photo: Matt Brown.

A renowned New Zealand marksman has hit out at government gun buybacks, claiming the action makes “criminals” of law-abiding people.

New Zealand National Rifle Association president Malcolm Dodson says the controversial government gun buyback is a form of confiscation.

“It’s not a buy back, what we’ve got at the moment is compensation for confiscation,” he says.

“The licensed firearm owners that are handing in firearms are virtually being treated as criminals.”

The Ballinger Belt winner is among the world’s top ten full bore rifle shooters.

Malcolm, from Rapaura, says the move sets a worrying benchmark for the future.

“If the government wanted my land to build a road on, they would pay me full market value for it,” he says.

“This government set aside $200 million dollars; they know damn well it’s probably not going to be enough.

“It’s probably why they’re not paying firearms workers what their goods are worth.

“They’re almost making a token payment.”

The buyback offer, open for six months until 20 December 2019, offers compensation for hundreds of types of firearms as well as high capacity magazines and other parts.

For guns in new or near new condition, owners would receive 95 per cent of the base price, in used condition, 70 per cent of the base price and in poor condition, 25 per cent of the base price.

“There’s no reimbursement for ammunition,” Malcolm says.

“A lot of reloading gear will become redundant, and there’s no compensation for that.

“And a lot of parts, no more than 70 per cent compensation for those.”

Malcolm says the law changes are having unintended consequences and “dragging in” a lot of “other” firearms including “grandad’s .22”.

“The ten-round magazine law is dragging in a huge number of bolt-action .22’s,” he says.

“Because they hold more than ten rounds, suddenly grandfather’s old .22 that he used to shoot rabbits is now a prohibited firearm because of the fact the magazine holds more than ten rounds.”

He says the laws around semi-automatics in the country have been “a mess” for a long time.

“One of the problems in this country is the number of firearms out there that are not held by licensed owners,” Malcolm says.

“Sometimes it’s a license that’s lapsed or someone’s been left with some firearms after dad or grandpa died, there’s an amnesty where they can hand them in but there’s no compensation.

“There’s no encouragement for people to hand in a firearm if they’d quite like to keep it if there’s no compensation for it.

“At the end of the day, this is all the result of a foreign terrorist in this country.”

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