Shooter bought guns on Trade Me

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"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.

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