News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Police Warn Hunters To Take Care

MEDIA RELEASE
April 30, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Police Warn Hunters To Take Care

Police are urging duck-shooters to take special care during the new shooting season, which starts on Tuesday (eds: May 1).

Inspector Joe Green, who is in charge of firearms licensing at the Police Commissioner’s Office, says while accidents involving firearms are few in number, they are tragic for both victim, shooter and their families.

“Anyone planning to go duck-shooting should think about safety before they go out onto the water,” he said.

“Most of them will stay out there for hours. It’s important that they keep their concentration levels up and remember they’re in control of a potentially lethal weapon.”

Four people were shot last year in hunting accidents on the water and in the bush.

The most common mistakes were guns discharging accidentally while the firearm owner was on the move, and people pulling the trigger without clearly checking their firing zone first.

Duck-shooters should keep their firearms unloaded at all times except when they were ready to fire, and make sure their gun was unloaded before they put it away, he said.

“We want people to enjoy their sporting activities, but they need to remember that firearms are very dangerous unless they’re used properly.”

Those using firearms should always be conscious about taking extreme care, but others going into duck-shooting areas also needed to reduce the risk of becoming an accident victim.

“Whether you are a duckshooter or a walker planning a trip near the water, you should wear colours that mean you are clearly identifiable.”

…ends/


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Indycars: Dixon Wins Fifth US Championship

The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the US Indycar championship for the fifth time. Dixon finished second in the final race of the season in Sonoma in California. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: The Outsider Art of Tony Fomison

Among such gifted contemporaries as Bill Hammond, Tony de la Tour, and printmaker Jason Grieg, Fomison distinguished himself as highly idiosyncratic, and could have become wealthy, had not his demons prevented him from investing his income wisely. In his near monochrome oil painting on black hessian, he staked out a territory of morbid originality. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Immortal Love

The series has a wild-west tone with a steampunk vibe, so if you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly or Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea, then chances are you’ll enjoy this book. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Trappings of Success - McQueen

This troubling documentary about the extraordinary life and untimely death of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010) is a cautionary tale of an extremely gifted, but self-destructive soul caught up in a business that chews up and spits out its creative talent. More>>

Anne Russell: On Nanette, And The Limitations Of Stories

Since many detractors fault Gadsby or other women for talking about their trauma publicly, Gadsby’s most ardent fans mistakenly perceive virtually any criticism of Nanette as misogynist. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland