Auckland City Police has announced it has opened a criminal investigation into the purchase of the gun over the internet.
The purchase was made by the TV3 reporter for a piece on current affairs show Story, due to air on Wednesday night.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, a police spokeswoman did not name du Plessis-Allan but said police would not rule out charging the woman who bought the gun.
The police investigation stemmed from a report “from a woman alleging that false details had been used to fraudulently obtain a firearm via an online dealer”, the police statement said.
“For anyone to possess a firearm without having the necessary license is a criminal offence and, if proven in court, could result in a sentence of up to three months’ imprisonment or a fine of up to $1000.
I doubt any prosecution would succeed as it was done to highlight the system was not working. But there may be consequences for signing a document with false details.
“Charges for obtaining by deception, if proven, carries penalties ranging from three months imprisonment up to seven years imprisonment depending on the value of the item obtained.”
The Police are embarrassed that Heather showed up the flaws in their system. They should fix the system rather than go on a vendetta.