(NZ) Gun fell, hunter shot


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Drizzt
May 15, 2003, 08:57 PM
The Southland Times (New Zealand)


May 13, 2003, Tuesday

SECTION: NEWS; NATIONAL; Pg. 15

LENGTH: 566 words

HEADLINE: Gun fell, hunter shot

BODY:
QUEENSTOWN -- A hunter who was seriously wounded after he accidentally shot himself with a kea gun was discharged without conviction for unlawful possession of a pistol when he appeared before Judge Phil Moran in the Queenstown District Court yesterday.

Jeremy Brett Scott, 31, had taken a Magica shotgun, commonly known as a kea gun and regarded in law as a pistol, hunting with him at Dunrobin on November 13.

Prosecutor Sergeant Sue Evans said Scott leaned the pistol against a manuka bush, thinking the safety catch was on. But it fell over and went off, seriously wounding Scott, she said. He was found by colleagues and airlifted to Invercargill Hospital.

He had a licence for firearms but not the pistol, Mrs Evans said.

Defence counsel Bryce Whiting said the pistol was a family heirloom and Scott was not aware he needed a permit after a 1994 change to the Arms Act.

Kea guns were popular from early last century and were designed to be used with one hand, he said.

Judge Moran said ignorance of the law was not a defence but it did show that "the culpability here is zero." Scott was ordered to surrender the gun but was not convicted because the consequences would outweigh the seriousness of the offence, Judge Moran said.

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TechBrute
May 15, 2003, 09:23 PM
You only hear about the dumb ones...:rolleyes:

Standing Wolf
May 15, 2003, 09:40 PM
Scott was ordered to surrender the gun but was not convicted because the consequences would outweigh the seriousness of the offence, Judge Moran said.

I'd say the judge is as dumb as the shooter.

Darrin
May 15, 2003, 09:44 PM
the pistol was a family heirloom

Scott was ordered to surrender the gun but was not convicted

Wether he's an idiot or not, the gun should have been returned to, if not him, someone else in the family.

fallingblock
May 16, 2003, 02:21 AM
There's more than one dumb judge in New Zealand!

It's Justice Thorpes 'report' , supporting full registration, removal of all military-style weapons, and other foolishness... that is soon to become law in N.Z. :uhoh:

Maybe it's the law schools:rolleyes:

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