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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Application 05-1004255

VZCZCXYZ0000
RR RUEHWEB

DE RUEHWL #0712 2530235
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 100235Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 3249

UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000712

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

PM/DTCC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR (VALERIN) AND
EAP/ANP (RICCI)

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC NZ
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN APPLICATION 05-1004255

REF: STATE 130355

The following is post's response to questions concerning the
pre-license check on application 05-1004255, for sale to
Reloaders
Supplies Ltd. of Onehunga, Auckland. Due to limited Embassy
staff it
was not possible to make a site visit. Information was
instead
obtained through an internet search and PE Counselor's
telephone call to
Ron Dent, Director of Reloaders Supplies Ltd.


1) When was the company established and who are its
principals?

-- According to an internet search of registered NZ companies
(www.companies.govt.nz), the company was incorporated 17
April 1975.
The Director is Ronald DENT.

2) Who are the firm's typical customers and where are they
located?

-- According to Dent, the company sells by mail order to
hunters across
New Zealand. (An Embassy search of the company website,
www.reloaders.co.nz, found would-be buyers are instructed to
e-mail or call
the shop for more information about its products.)

3) Does the company have an established, legitimate customer
base to which it plans to sell these commodities?

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-- Mr. Dent says many customers are repeat customers. All
must have licenses
to purchase firearms and ammunition.

4) Does the company have adequate on-site security?

-- The company is protected by police-approved alarms. All
are inspected
annually by NZ Police to ensure they are sufficient and in
working order.


5) Does the company keep proper, detailed records of its
sales and customers?

-- The company has a record of every firearm it has sold
since 1977.
It's book of registered sales is inspected by NZ Police every
six months.

6) Does the company understand the restrictions on United
States Munitions List (USML) articles, particularly regarding
re-exporting (no re-export without USG authorization)?

-- Yes. In addition to US State Department permission, GNZ
approval
would be required for re-export.

7) Does the company have the proper firearms license and
import permit for the items listed on the license
application?

-- Yes. Licenses of all NZ firearm dealers are re-issued
annually
following inspection of the premises.

8) In post's assessment, is the company a reliable recipient
of USML items?

-- Yes.
McCormick

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