$100M buyback program has taken 10,000 guns in New Zealand

$100M buyback program has taken 10,000 guns in New Zealand

A bill outlawing most automatic and semi-automatic weapons, and components that modify existing weapons, was passed by a vote of 119 to 1 in April. Since then, 10,242 firearms have been handed into police, with an additional 1,269 firearms handed in under amnesty. Owners aren't paid for weapons if the amnesty provision is invoked, per NPR.

RESIDENTS of New Zealand have returned more than 10,000 firearms to the government in less than a month as part of a buyback program put into effect after the Christchurch mosque massacre, The Guardian reported.

"We have been really happy with New Zealand's engagement and response to this process and we look forward to more people taking part in the buy-back scheme over the coming months", he said.

Following the shootings at two mosques by an Australian white supremacist, New Zealand's Parliament pushed through a ban on semi-automatic weapons and a buy-back scheme to encourage people to voluntarily give up their weapons. Those owners can't be asked by police how they got the weapons or be required to show a current license.

Meanwhile, there is growing opposition from New Zealand's pro-gun groups.

Armed police respond to a shooting Friday at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Officials said owners are also turning accessories and magazines.

Ahead of the first event in Christchurch last month, Nicole McKee from the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) told the ABC law-abiding gun owners were not consulted about the law changes nor the buyback scheme.

After the amnesty expires, possession of prohibited firearms is punishable by up to five years in jail.

"We are confident as a government that the vast majority of New Zealanders will support this change", she said.

"Honestly, people just feel they are being made to carry the can for an event they had nothing to do with and didn't want to happen anyhow. they are just seen as the easy scapegoats for our system, "he told RNZ".

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