New Zealand Police v Perrin [2017] NZDC 18838

Published 13 March 2018

Unlawfully in possession of a military-style semi-automatic firearm — gun — Arms Act 1983 ss 2 & 51 — reasons for verdict — P v Jackson 1981 NZLR 78. The defendant was charged with being unlawfully in possession of a military-style semi-automatic firearm. The prosecution needed firstly to prove that the defendant had possession of the item, and secondly, to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the item was a military-style semi-automatic firearm. The defendant then had the opportunity to prove that the possession was authorised under the Arms Act. In 2015 the defendant purchased a new rifle from Gun City and a year later advertised it for sale on Facebook, posting also that the rifle was a "semi-auto model AK ...". The court found that the addition of other components (a buffer tube, stock and pistol grip) rendered the semi-automatic firearm originally purchased into a military-style semi automatic firearm. The charge was, therefore, proved — the defendant was found to be in possession of a military-style semi automatic firearm. Judgment Date: 23 August 2017