We hardly ever see any guns in NZ, apart from hunting rifles, in fact I have never even seen a pistol in 'real life'.
Tonight on TV they were talking about illegal guns in gangs, and the scarcity of pistols became obvious.
A pistol that had a legitimate price of about $700 would go for up to $7000 each on the black market! (NZ dollars are close to US Dollars)
So $7000 for an ordinary pistol just shows how few are around.
An interesting statistic :)
posted on 19-6-2008
That is such a shame, Netty; I am so sorry!
If you ever have the opportunity to come to Alabama we'll take my weapons and go to the range; you can shoot until your heart is content.
I don't hunt, but I can hook you up with hunters if you want to do that. Personally, I find the steaks at the supermarket much easier to catch and I
don't have to get up at the butt-crack of dawn to get them. :tu
posted on 20-6-2008
Our big debate is should our police be always armed.
At present they might carry a pistol and rifle in the boot of their car, but in some cases they have to return to the police station and get a gun
from there first.
The problem is also that the vests are only stab resistant and not bullet resistant.
Every time the police use a gun its national news, and the very few times they have killed someone has created uproar in the country.
So we are pretty much gun free here :)
Actually I DID once see a pistol, the farmer I was working for in Israel one time came out with his pistol and Uzi into the banana fields, and
although no one told me why, I read years later it was because Syria tried to invade the night before only to get their tanks stuck in mud after a
heavy rainstorm in the Golan heights. :) Here was I dumb worker almost in the middle of a war zone.
posted on 20-6-2008
Wow! That's a little more than just shooting up tin cans! Glad you didn't get caught up in a sho-nuff!! :run
I think that in this country, the way it is today, we should take our cops' tazers away and give them bazookas. We'd be a whole lot more safe.