The proposed Arms Amendment Legislation has hidden fish hooks that the general public is completely unaware of. It is as if they have been added in the hope that they will be passed, along with the others, before anyone is aware of what has been done.

The proposed removal of the right to silence is one such fishhook and it is an incredibly serious one.

It’s in the proposed Arms Amendment Legislation and is aimed fair and square at Licenced Firearms Owners. People think this only about guns but it is a massive power grab by Police ably assisted by Nash and Ardern.

If the removal of the right to silence is passed in this Legislation then it will “spread like leprosy in epidemic proportions to other legislation.”

The most disturbing and draconian part of the Legislation is S24 B (1) is the loss of the “Right to Silence”. The right to silence is a fundamental right of all New Zealanders and is a common law right. The New Zealand Bill of Rights indicates that a person, if arrested or detained, has the right to silence. However the Courts have acknowledged that even before a person is detained there may be circumstances where a Bill of Rights warning should be given, especially if questions being asked may be directly self-incriminatory, or can be mistaken as being self-incriminatory, leading to wrongful prosecution and in some instances wrongful conviction.

Then there is this little gem which was rammed through in the 1st Amendments.

The new bill contains not one, not two, but a total of five Henry VIII Clauses, as follows:

74A Order in Council relating to definitions of prohibited firearm, prohibited magazine, and prohibited ammunition The Governor-General may, by Order in Council made on the recommendation of the Minister,—

(a) amend or replace the description in section 2A of a semi-automatic firearm (except a pistol) or pump action shotgun that is a prohibited firearm:

(b) amend or replace the description in section 2B of a magazine that is a prohibited magazine:

(c) declare any semi-automatic firearm (except a pistol) or pump-action shotgun of a stated name or description to be a prohibited firearm for the purposes of this Act:

(d) declare any magazine of a stated name or description to be a prohibited magazine for the purposes of this Act:

(e) declare any ammunition to be prohibited ammunition for the purposes of this Act.

Even pistols are not actually exempt, because there are no restraints on the types of ammunition that can be banned.The Governor-General acts as instructed to by the Prime Minister’s office and cabinet.

Once this bill is passed, Jacinda Ardern will have unilateral power to ban every piece of ammunition and any magazine (detachable or fixed) therefore giving her the executive power to ban every single firearm in the country.

For LFO’s there is also the bonus of Warrantless (No Search Warrant Required) visits from Police in there as well. Something they can’t/won’t do to the gangs or Criminals in general but Gun Owners are fair game. This is the thin edge of the wedge, Make no mistake. Very Dangerous Times

With all the hype on the Register etc the most dangerous part of the proposed 2nd round of Amendments is the Licencing of Clubs & Ranges. They are proposing to use JSP 403 which is the UK Defence Forces Range Regulations. (NZDF adopted them in 2000 as they were too stupid to write their own). For Ranges to comply will cost hundreds of thousands of $$Dollars which will be impossible for them. So Shooting Sports killed by stealth. The Legislation will also make it Illegal to shoot on private land without the express permission of the Commissioner of Police.
“It is written in such a way that makes an ad hoc sighting-in or target practice in the back of a farmer’s field unlawful without a certificate issued from the Commissioner of Police.


This issue is extremely important for every New Zealander, not just gun owners as once these rights are gone it will be very difficult to get them back.


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The Chilling Proposal for the Removal of the Right to Silence
Juana Atkins

Juana Atkins

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