In a move that is bound to cause a response, either positive or negative, a gutsy NZ North Island district pistol club is now disallowing local police to shoot on their range due to their members being “demonised, scapegoated and targeted” in matters to do with firearms, as reported by NZ news outlet stuff national.
Club president Gary Rawlinson, in a chilling echo of the repeated Australian experience of police overreach in regulation (think WA as worst offender), said,
“Despite the existence of a Firearms Community Advisory Forum, the police continue to arbitrarily adopt changes to the administration of the Arms Acts without consultation.”
The article can be read in full here.
The article goes on:
“A Wairarapa gun club has had enough of police pushing for more restrictive gun laws and has fired back.
The Wairarapa Pistol and Shooting Sports Club has banned police from using its range as a training facility – effective immediately.
The Carterton-based club has one of the best shooting ranges in the lower North Island, which police regularly use for various types of weapons practice.
Rawlinson said members had become increasingly frustrated with the police and the Police Association’s attitude towards responsible firearms owners and legitimate shooting sports.”