March 25, 2019
Possum party on as Davis surrenders gun
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis has handed in his gun ahead of the Government's rewrite of the Arms Act.
Even though his semiautomatic .22 rifle would not have been covered by the ban on military-style weapons announced last week, he says it was the responsible thing to do in light of the Christchurch terror attack.
He used the rifle to shoot possums.
"When I'm out of politics and I need to shoot the possums out of the orchard I will just have to get a bolt action .22 that holds a half a dozen rounds. I think it's the right thing to do. Leadership starts from the top. I wasn't waiting for any law change. I just said 'Nah, I've got to get rid of my gun. The safety of New Zealanders is more important," Mr Davis says.
He's pleased the Opposition has got behind the Prime Minister on gun control, and people need to remember in New Zealand gun ownership is a privilege, not a right.
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