Shooter bought guns on Trade Me
"We take the requirement to sight licences extremely seriously and will take action against any members who attempt to circumvent these requirements." Trade Me website
The man who shot dead a mother and daughter in rural Northland had been trading military-grade gun parts and accessories online.
Trade Me’s head of trust and safety, Jon Duffy, confirmed Patterson had purchased firearms accessories using his Trade Me account.
Duffy said Trade Me closed Patterson’s account when he was named as the Northland shooter.
‘‘We are aware of firearms being purchased via the Trade Me account we closed, but we can’t get into the details while police investigate this incident,’’ he said.
‘‘We have had informal discussions with police about this incident and we expect to receive a formal request from them next week.’’
Patterson was linked to a Trade Me account offering police tactical and military style weapon accessories, NZME reported.
Wendy Campbell and her daughter Natanya Campbell were gunned down by Patterson as they arrived at his Mt Tiger Rd property on Wednesday for a property inspection. Patterson was also later found dead at the property, which was set on fire.
Police confirmed Patterson did not have a gun licence but had owned ‘‘a number’’ of firearms.
Last month, an officer visited Patterson’s property and was told that target shooting was being done there.
‘‘After discussion with Patterson, and with no other relevant information the officer was aware of about Patterson, or activity at the property, he was satisfied it was a tenancy matter that required no further action by police,’’ Superintendent Russell Le Prou said.
Under the Arms Act 1983, users do not need a firearms licence to buy firearms accessories on Trade Me.
However, there are restrictions on some accessories sold on the site, and Trade Me only allows the sale of Category ‘A’, ‘‘sporting configuration’’ firearms or parts.
There were more than 3700 listings related to firearms for hunting and shooting on the site yesterday, including 129 shotguns and more than 900 individual accessories.
All free-standing pistol grips, large capacity magazines or other stocks which when fitted to a semiautomatic rifle would result in the firearm being classified as a military-style semi-automatic (MSSA) are prohibited.
According to Trade Me’s firearms regulations, if you want to bid, buy or ask a question on a firearms listing, you need to supply your firearms licence number, Duffy said.
If you are selling firearms you are legally required to sight the buyer’s firearms licence at the point of purchase.
If the firearm is being sent to the buyer, the seller must sight a form signed by a police officer stating that the buyer has presented their firearms licence at a police station, and is a ‘fit and proper’ person to purchase a firearm.
Reloaded ammunition and firearms outside of New Zealand are also banned from the site.
‘‘We take the requirement to sight licences extremely seriously and will take action against any members who attempt to circumvent these requirements,’’ Trade Me’s website states.
Police declined to answer questions on Sunday morning about Patterson’s Trade Me activity and involvement with firearms.