New Zealand begins its gun “buyback collection”

I prefer to call this scheme “compensated confiscation.”

From MSN: New Zealand has started the first of more than 250 gun buyback collections for banned military-style semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacres.

Police have set up the first firearms collection event just a few kilometres away from where a lone gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques in March, killing 51 people.

The Australian man accused of the killings, Brenton Tarrant, is alleged to have used an arsenal of five weapons, including two military-style semi-automatic rifles, in the attacks on two Christchurch mosques. Mr Tarrant in June pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, as well as 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder.

New Zealand police said they had paid about $200,000 to dozens of gun owners handing in their weapons in the first hours of the buyback event.

In the wake of the worst massacre in modern New Zealand history, MPs voted 119-1 to outlaw military-style semi-automatics, which allow the rapid fire of high-calibre bullets.

The Government is offering money for every gun handed back by a licensed owner, with the total cost of the scheme estimated at NZ$218 million ($207 million).

Chris Cahill from the Police Association said he expects a positive response. “We needed these semi-automatic assault rifles out of the community, but it’s appropriate that people who have had to hand them in are compensated for it,” he said.

But Nicole McKee from the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners said the compensation package was not fair and reasonable. “It happened so quickly that there was no democratic process involved and there were no discussions involved with the community that had been affected,” she said.

There are concerns too that farming communities, which rely on firearms for hunting and pest control, will suffer because of the weapons ban.

Professor Kevin Clements from Otago University told ABC’s The World program that general public opinion was “completely in favour” of the measures, despite complaints from gun owners. “The reality is we’ve got twice as many weapons per capita as you have in Australia, and six times as many as exists in the United Kingdom,” he said.

So on a per-capita basis New Zealand is a fairly over-gunned society, and those guns kill people, in suicides and homicides and so forth, at the rate of about one a day.”

He said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had responded in much the same way as John Howard after the Port Arthur mass shooting.

But he said some in the gun lobby were urging firearms holders not to hand over their weapons and to bury them instead, and that many were disappointed that ammunition would not be compensated.

Some 258 collection events will be held across New Zealand over the next three months, and police expect tens of thousands of guns to be surrendered.

Licensed firearms owners will have six months to surrender weapons that have now been deemed illegal under the scheme, with an amnesty ensuring they will not face prosecution during that period.

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

Police Minister Stuart Nash said police knew of 14,300 registered military-style semi-automatic rifles and there were an estimated 1.2 million firearms in the community, with the vast majority still legal under the new rules.

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Alma
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Alma

That’s right, buy two and hide them but keep’m within reach, you may need to act promptly. I would never sell my guns and least to the government, that’s where the crooks work.

Alma
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Alma

That’s right, buy two and hide them but keep’m within reach, you may need it at a moments notice, I would not sell my gun, less the government, that’s where crooks work.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

If there was ever any body that can not be trusted with firearms, it is governments.

Dr. Eowyn
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That Christchurch false flag sure worked, didn’t it?

https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/how-we-know-nz-mosque-shooting-video-is-a-cgi-fake

William
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William

Ostensibly this is to prevent another “massacre” but the people of New Zealand should know that it’s not possible to prevent a repetition of something that never happened in the first place. I suppose the only way to do that would be to pass a law making it illegal to stage a fake shooting

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I’d vote for that. In fact, how about a law that makes it illegal to lie to us? We had one that made it illegal to propagandize Americans inside the US. Obongo did away with that with the stroke of a pen. Trump could put it back the same way.

William
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William

I was being semi-facetious of course, there are plenty of laws on the books re: fraud, perjury etc. The problem is the lack of will to enforce them and the fact that criminals ignore them. And all politicians across the board, with a few exceptions, are criminals, they wouldn’t be in positions of power otherwise. Trump could do a lot of things and why he doesn’t is a mystery. If he’s truly a “Titanic Turner” he’s doing it by centimeters. The alternative is that he doesn’t work for us. Time will tell

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Well, I think we can certainly say this is a victory for government forces.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Liberals– it must not be gun confiscation when they call it something else or something…

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

2A. Nuff said

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Only a total fool would turn them in. I think I’ve lost all mine, I’m old and forgetful. They can all go pee up a rope.

Watertender
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Watertender

Guns? I have an old automotive Grease Gun and a Temperature Sensor Gun….OHHH You mean FIREARMS? Those things scare me, I ain’t got any…

Sanders
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Sanders

A foreigner killed a bunch of other foreigners, but the citizens are required to give up their guns.

Yeah, makes a lot of sense in Liberalland.