Thursday, 12 December 2019 08:45

Shot in the foot

Written by  Milking It

As many in the know predicted, the police have made a hash of the gun buy-back.

They admit that 35 people had their full details accessed, and “less than 500 people” have had their names and addresses accessed.

The breach occurred when an update to the database -- not authorised by police -- gave a group of gun dealers more access to the database than they were supposed to have.

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) advises gun owners who had used the site that they may need to increase their security.

Learning from Treasury’s abysmal handling of the Budget ‘leak’ earlier in the year, the police at least didn’t try to claim the firearms database had been hacked. 

Calls for Police Minister Stuart Nash to resign will be ignored, but perhaps he should start listening more closely to the gun community, including the Feds, to avoid making the buy-back fiasco any worse.

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