July 01, 2020
Gun lobbyist gets ACT leg up
The voice of the fightback against tighter gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings is headed for parliament.
Nicole McKee from Ngapuhi has given up her role as secretary and spokesperson for the Council for Licenced Firearms Owners to stand for ACT.
On current polling, her number three spot on the list will make her an MP after September’s election.
She says she’s concerned about the rights that have been taken away over the past three years through rushed legislation and poor consultation, not just with the gun bans and buy-backs but also rights to freedom of opinion and free speech.
In her business delivering firearms safety education in rural and isolated communities for the police, she’s also concerned at the way tougher restrictions on gun owners will affect Maori subsistence hunters.
"There are conditions in there that will see quite a few Māori lose licences, those that already have them, and any future licensing will be restricted. They go out there and hunt to put kai on the table, not to commit crimes. They have got legitimate use and want to get licensed but they will be prevented from doing so. Now that’s not going to make this country safer," Ms McKee says.
Nicole McKee will stand for ACT in the Rongotai seat held by Labour’s Paul Eagle.
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