• May 25, 2019

‘Like a Ferrari, you don’t need it’: New Zealanders set to turn in guns


CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) – The pre-dawn quiet of New Zealand’s South Island is shattered by the crack of a bullet from Noel Womersley’s Finnish Tikka T3 rifle, adopted by the shot thudding into the cranium of a cow he’s concentrating on, one in all three.

Noel Womersley, from Canterbury Homekill butchery, lies right down to shoot a cow together with his Tikka T3 rifle earlier than butchering it outdoors Christchurch, New Zealand March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

For 14 years Womersley has labored at “residence kill,” capturing beasts for small farmers and slicing them up, however powerful new gun legal guidelines to be adopted after the nation’s worst mass homicide by a lone gunman would require him to give up one other of his weapons.

“Weapons are a lifestyle for me, actually,” says Womersley, 48, who obtained his first firearm, a .22-calibre rifle, for his 12th birthday, and now hunts together with his 15-year-old daughter.

“It’s just about what I dwell and breathe. I (shoot) on the weekends for enjoyable after which I do it through the week for a job.”

As the primary beast slumps, he quickly attracts again and pushes ahead his riflebolt, firing once more after which a 3rd time. In seconds, three cattle are lifeless on the damp floor. He gathers his knives and begins to chop them up.

“I shoot animals, I don’t shoot targets. I shoot meals,” says Womersley.

Carrying black overalls and gumboots for defense in opposition to the gore, he pushes the cattle on their sides, removes heads and conceal and makes use of a hoist to load the carcasses on his refrigerated truck.

Womersley was on an identical job within the hinterland past Christchurch on March 15, when a person in fight gear entered town’s Al Noor mosque, after which one other, and turned his high-powered military-style weapons on unarmed worshippers.

“I didn’t actually know it was actual. I assumed it was like a film, or one thing that’s occurred abroad,” Womersley says, including that he had been shocked to find after work what had unfolded only a few kilometers away.

Fifty folks have been killed and scores wounded, prompting an outpouring of help for the nation’s bereaved Muslim neighborhood, and a swift crackdown on weapons.

The semi-automatics used within the assault shall be banned, with exemptions for working hunters, and more durable licensing guidelines are on the drafting board.

A large swathe of New Zealand’s quarter-million gun house owners, who account for about 1.5 million weapons, say they settle for there should be change after the tragedy.

“I feel the gun legal guidelines have been too slack…the legal guidelines gave this dangerous man a gun,” says Womersley, who owns eight or 9 weapons, saved in a protected within the storage of a house adorned with sport heads. “He ruined it for everybody. Not everyone seems to be like that.”As a part of a brand new nationwide firearm buyback scheme, he expects handy in a single military-style AR-15 assault rifle, a sort of weapon used within the Christchurch bloodbath.

“I don’t suppose we’d like military-style weapons in our society. I positively don’t want them in my job,” he says. “It’s like driving round in a Ferrari, you don’t want it.”

Reporting by Jorge Silva in Christchurch; Modifying by Clarence Fernandez

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