Rotorua gun club to decide on shooting competition
18 March 2019
A decision is expected soon on whether a national "multigun" championship will go ahead in Rotorua this coming weekend following the Christchurch massacre.
The "Rotorua & Auckland Pistol Clubs" are due to hold the "Pistol NZ 2019 Multigun Nationals" on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March at the club range near Rotorua city.
A posting on the the club's web site says the competition will comprise 12 stages, including 120 rifle rounds, 130 pistol rounds, 100 bird shot, 10 buck shot equalling 360 rounds.
Club officials weren't available for comment when approached by The Mud, but said a decision would be made in a day or two whether the competition would continue in light of the shooting of 50 Muslim worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. The alleged shooter was a member of a Dunedin gun club and the ease of access he gained to powerful guns has called into question gun licensing and gun club membership throughout the country.
The Rotorua Pistol Club web site says it is "a Sports Shooting Club based in the New Zealand city of Rotorua with the best range facilities in the Southern Hempishere along with plenty of enthusiastic members."
The web site heading includes a wide range of guns, starting with a rifle carbine and a pistol carbine.
The club receives funding from the NZ Community Trust, First Sovereign and Four Winds Foundation.
The Southern Trust provided a $10,000 grant to another club, the Rotorua Rod and Gun Club in the year ended 31 March 2018.
NOTE: The Rotorua Pistol Club web site which was up this morning (18 March) and advertising the competition was down this afternoon.