Yes I wondered that myself, here in NZ our police dont routinely carry firearms, although they are available for situations when they arise.why would three police officers serve a warrant on a drug dealer and not be armed?? What good is new gun laws going to do in a case like this where the BG could care less about the law???
Pretty useless consdiering a situation can happen anytime anywhere.
The fact this guy was known to police, they knew he previously had a firearms licence and that he was ex Military and was into drugs, begs the question what the hell were they thinking ?
The officer who was killed was a veteren of 25 years and was an Ex AOS (SWAT equivalent) member.
You actually need a valid firearms licence here in NZ to purchase ammunition so the fact he had all that was a stash in criminal terms.
But yes my legal stash is alot larger also than this.