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Old 27th June 2015, 09:41 AM
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The tragic case in New Zealand that led to them putting all PCPs on ticket was a police officer investigating a drugs case, calling upon a suspect, and being hit once in the chest by a pellet from a 22 FX Monsoon.

The Monsoon is easily capable of 30fpe and at the time, the NZ laws didn't prohibit or licence any airguns regardless of power.

The officer was killed by a single shot (from a semi auto).

From this we can deduce, in the cold light of day:

1. It was a single shot, so having been fired from a semi auto is irrelevant.

2. The rifle was freely available without a licence.

3. It was probably running around 30fpe; the journalists at the time described it as "high power".

4. It wasn't a drive-by scenario.

However it is held up by some commentators as a reason why there should be special concern about the availability of semi auto.