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John Key Should Be Careful Who He Gets His Information From

Dr Jamie Whyte ACT Leader

John Key Should Be Careful Who He Gets His Information From.

The Prime Minister has been reported as rejecting ACT's "policy of arming shopkeepers".

ACT has no such policy. It is a dishonest suggestion of David Cunnlife.

I fear Mr Key has made the mistake of believing what Mr Cunliffe says.

ACT has no policy of arming shopkeepers. The idea that the government should provide shopkeepers with weapons is ridiculous.

Nor have we suggested changing the firearms laws that requires guns to be locked away separately from their ammunition. Our policy is to make clear to shopkeepers that, contrary to what the police tell them, they are allowed to use a weapon to defend themselves.

Many shopkeepers are at risk from violent criminals who may enter their shop. The police cannot protect them. Violent incidents take only moments to occur. The police cannot anticipate these events and arrive on time to protect the shopkeepers. Shopkeepers should be allowed to defend themselves.

I am surprised at John Key taking anything David Cunnlife says about ACT seriously.


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