Former All Black Andrew Hore's appeal against a firearms conviction has failed.
Hore, who is now a farmer in Central Otago, was convicted last week of supplying a shotgun to an unlicensed person, friend Daniel Parker, during an ill-fated duck-shooting trip in May. Parker was accidentally shot in the arm during the trip.
Hore yesterday argued in the High Court in Dunedin his conviction was out of all proportion to the offence because it could stop him travelling to Britain to attend his children's christening and doing lucrative promotions during the Rugby World Cup.
But in a just-released decision, Justice Dunningham found although Hore would likely suffer consequences for his offence, these did not meet the test of being out of all proportion.
Justice Dunningham said Hore's conviction for shooting a fur seal 10 years ago showed it was the not first time he had shown disregard for firearms rules.