Assault rifles to be auctioned at Wellington school

  • 10/10/2017
Assault rifles to be auctioned at Wellington school
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A Wellington school is hosting a military weapons auction, selling off assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons

The "Militaria" auction will be hosted on October 14 & 15 at St Patrick College school hall in Kilbirnie Wellington.  

At the auction shoppers will be able to buy a multitude of firearms including AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, a version of the United States Military M16 Assault Rifle.

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who killed 59 people last weekend, had an AR-15 type rifle in his arsenal. 

Police will be present at the auction and people who buy the weapons will be required to have the correct licence to own the guns.

The auction is run by Ted Rogers, who told Fairfax that reporting on the issue was just "fuelling the fire".

The school has said that the auctions have been hosted at the school for 25 years without issue and students were unaffected by the auction.

Speaking to Fairfax Peace Action Wellington spokesperson Jessie Dennis questioned whether a school hall was the appropriate venue for such an event.

"It's time to think about whether we're comfortable with weapons  and the people who sell them  in our city, whether it's in our school halls or at the Westpac Stadium," she said.  

The Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand called reports on the auction's placement 'inflammatory attacks on lawful auctions.'