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After Christchurch Shootings New Zealanders Hand Over Guns
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Sunday, 14 July 2019 08:29

Excerpt: "Gun reforms were enacted after a gunman shot dead 51 people at two mosques in March."

Flowers are placed on the front steps of the Wellington Masjid mosque on Friday, after a shooting incident at two mosques in Christchurch. (photo: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers are placed on the front steps of the Wellington Masjid mosque on Friday, after a shooting incident at two mosques in Christchurch. (photo: Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

After Christchurch Shootings New Zealanders Hand Over Guns

By BBC News

14 July 19

New Zealanders have started handing over their semi-automatic weapons as part of a buyback scheme following a ban after the Christchurch attacks.

un reforms were enacted after a gunman shot dead 51 people at two mosques in March.

Saturday's handover in Christchurch was the first of more than 250 collections to be held across the country.

More than NZ$433,600 (£230,000) was paid in compensation to 169 firearms owners, who handed in 224 weapons.

The weapons were then destroyed.

"Police recognise that this is a big change for the law-abiding firearms community and we are hearing really positive feedback from people as they come through today that they are finding the process works well for them," regional police commander Mike Johnson said.

More than 900 gun owners in the Canterbury region had registered to hand over 1,415 firearms, he added.

One gun owner, who requested anonymity, was pleased with the NZ$13,000 (£6,900) he received for his semi-automatic hunting firearm.

"I didn't think this would be a fair process at all - I wasn't particularly happy about it. But the outcome was good and they handled it well," he told the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

However, not everyone was happy with the collection.

Christchurch firearm owner Vincent Sanders told TV New Zealand that he would be staying away after being offered just $150 for his grandfather's 100-year-old gun.

"They've rushed through the entire process, they gave us two days for submissions, paid no attention - and forced it through," he said.

The government has pledged NZ$208 million (£110 million) for the scheme.

The gun reform bill was passed by 119-1 in April to prohibit military-style semi-automatic weapons and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms.

Delivering an emotional speech to parliament in April, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: "I cannot imagine circumstances where that is more necessary than it is now."

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+5 # BetaTheta 2019-07-14 11:31
What a rational, fair, process. Precisely why it would be such a hard sell in the U.S., where gun ownership is so intimately tied to irrationality,
-6 # skylinefirepest 2019-07-14 12:29
And BBC in all their wisdom thinks that this is a firearms turn in? Wow. The information that I am getting from NZ is that the vast majority of firearms owners have no intention of turning them in.
+3 # pmargaret7 2019-07-14 13:51
Any turned in automatic gun is one less out there, thank God! If one has vermin, catching and getting rid of them is better than doing nothing. How strangely proud the gun owners that don't turn in their guns must feel - yeah, they really pulled off a good one by not turning in their own personal weapons of MASS DESTRUCTION. "Don't tread on me...overkill is my choice "(until it isn't).
-1 # skylinefirepest 2019-07-14 19:37
And there, for all to see, is your problem pmargaret...the y don't have automatic guns so there really isn't "one less out there, thank God!" These are definitely NOT weapons of mass destruction to anyone but the firearms illiterate. Guns in law abiding hands save lives but the rabid left won't bother to learn anything about it.
-1 # Ken Halt 2019-07-14 18:43
Sensible and effective firearms regulation is long-overdue in the US.
0 # skylinefirepest 2019-07-17 13:06
And with some twenty thousand gun control laws already in effect just what more would you want, Ken?
0 # skylinefirepest 2019-07-19 20:27
I see you haven't bothered to answer, Ken...could it be that you don't have an answer??
0 # Questioner 2019-07-14 19:09
Are the firearms the vermin? Or the owners? Does anyone really expect that disarming those that follow the laws will prevent murders by those that don't?