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Intro: As widely predicted, the prime minister of New Zealand announced her peaceful nation will ban all so-called assault rifles. Traditionally New Zealand has been one of the safest developed nations on earth. Time will tell if this national gun-grab will raise or lower violence in the island state.

Weighing in with the opinion that curtailing gun ownership rights will raise gun violence, is Dave Workman, spokesman for the Second Amendment Foundation.


First off, does Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s decision to ban guns surprise you?
Why do you feel this gun ban will raise crime and violence in New Zealand when so many progressives say it will make things safer for our neighbors down under?
What historical statistics do you have making your case that banning guns raises crime?
The dilemma in banning guns is that it represents forfeiture of the previously legal property so the government plans on paying people for their guns. With an estimated 1.2 million guns in New Zealand, that comes to at least $120 million based on a low figure of $100 per gun.
From time to time we hear about the law of unintended consequences kicking in after far-reaching decisions such as national legislation. What unexpected occurrences might we expect from this?
Where may we get more information on the 2nd Amendment Foundation and gun rights issues?


Dave Workman is an award-winning career journalist and senior editor of TheGunMag.com (formerly Gun Week). He also writes for Liberty Park Press, Conservative Firing Line and several firearms periodicals. He is also communications director for the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

His has authored Op-Ed pieces in several major newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has also co-authored seven books with Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation.

Workman’s beat is firearms, from politics to the outdoors. He is widely considered an authority on firearms, concealed carry and gun politics.


Alan Gottlieb is the Publisher of Gun Week and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report. He is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of the American Conservative Union, President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee and President of NoInternetTax.org.

Alan’s handiwork has received notice in the New York Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Time, People, Rolling Stone, National Review and Outside magazine.

In addition, Alan Gottlieb is the author of seventeen books, including Politically Correct Guns, Trashing the Economy and She Took a Village: The Unauthorized Biography of Hillary Clinton, Alan Gottlieb’s Celebrity Address Book, Double Trouble: Daschle and Gephart Capitol Hill Bullies, and Gun Rights Affirmed, America Fights Back: Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age and these Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War on Guns.

CONTACT: For an interview with Dave Workman or Alan Gottlieb of the 2nd Amendment Foundation, contact Jerry McGlothlin, 919-437-0001 jerry@specialguests.com

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