Not responsible for deaths of New Zealand attack, says arms dealer


A New Zealand arms dealer who allegedly sold weapons to the suspected mosque attacker said he felt no responsibility for the deaths of 50 worshipers who were gunned down. David Tipple, the managing director of Gun City, confirmed he sold alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant four firearms and ammunition. "We detected nothing extraordinary about this license holder," he told reporters.He refused to answer direct questions about the use of firearms sold from his shop. When asked if he held any sense of responsibility, Tipple said, "No, I do not."

He added, he would continue to sell weapons to anyone with the same credentials as the gunman. It was the responsibility of the police to vet firearms license applications, he said. "We didn't sell him a rifle used in the incident. I watched the video, I saw the rifle, and I know for sure where it came from- if it has the serial number that I expect-and it was not from any Gun City affiliated store," he said.

As per latest available statistics, police approved 99.6 percent of nearly 45,000 applications in 2017, when Tarrant received his license. Tipple said the Military-Style Semi-Automatic (MSSA) the gunman was seen using did not come from his store.