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Gunman in New Zealand texting family, friends from house as Bay of Plenty standoff continues - Stuff NZ
"Just let us go in and get him," the family of suspected shooter says, as the sun rises on an armed Bay of Plenty stand-off that has lasted through the night
POLICE WON'T LET FAMILY GO TO HOUSE Police Commissioner Mike Bush told Paul Henry police couldn't let the family go in to the house for fear of their safety. "We've got really professional people in place to manage all of this for us. There's no way we would compromise anyone's safety ... there's no way we would send anyone else into that environment.
Police Minister Judith Collins said O'Connor's comment was probably fair given the nature of some of the people who had firearms in their possession. "There are firearms around in the hands of criminals..they are in the hands of people who should not have them."
In March 2009 the New Zealand police bid to reclassify certain types of civilian semi-automatic firearms was overturned by the New Zealand High Court as a result of a legal challenge mounted by the New Zealand National Shooters Association (NSA) president Richard Lincoln
originally posted by: bandersnatch
The country had different firearm laws than Australia does it?
Are citizens still armed?