Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:20


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OPINION: Your old mate believes the moves by our politicians to try to prevent an awful recurrence of the March 15 Christchurch shootings are highly laudable but ultimately hopeless.

This is highlighted by claims by Police Minister Stuart Nash that setting up a national firearms register and making the other changes would cost “between $42 million and $52m over 10 years”.

But Nash has conceded that Canada’s attempt to register all its guns in the 1990s was eventually scrapped when the original estimated cost of $2m blew out to $1 billion.

So, Nash reckons our gun register will only cost between $42m to $52m over 10 years. Yet based on the Canadian experience of a 500% budget blowout, our cost may well blow out to $21b to $26b before the Government eventually scraps the idea.

Oh well, it’s not the politicians’ money.

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