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New Zealand gun buyback a massive failure

On March 14, 2019, New Zealand had its deadliest mass shootings in modern history when 50 people were shot to death and another 50 injured in two mosques in Christchurch. The shootings bear all the marks of being a false flag. See:

False flag or not, the New Zealand government didn’t let the crisis go to waste.

As DCG explained, New Zealand’s weapons legislation was considered more relaxed than most Western countries outside of the USA. Gun owners do need a license but they aren’t required to register their guns — unlike in neighboring Australia where the rate of gun ownership is one for every 8 people, compared with New Zealand’s one gun for every three people.

According to official police figures, nearly 7,000 New Zealanders were legally allowed to own semi-automatic weapons. Two days after the shootings, however, New Zealand’s left-wing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that “our gun laws will change” and that several “in principle decisions” on gun control had already been made by her Cabinet ministers.

Six days after the mosque shootings, Arden announed a ban on the “military style” weapons used in the attacks. Less than a month later, a law prohibiting ownership of most semiautomatic weapons passed New Zealand’s parliament by 119 votes to one.

Even before the ban, compliant New Zealanders voluntarily disarmed themselves by surrendering their legally-owned semiautomatic firearms ahead of gun reforms — to PM Ardern’s praise and approval. (See “False flags work: New Zealand sheeple voluntarily surrender their guns after mosque shootings”)

But sheeple New Zealanders apparently are a small number.

Writing for The Federalist Papers on Dec. 22, 2019, Carmine Sabine reports that despite PM Ardern’s gun confiscation program (“We have moved to stop the sale, and now we’ve moved to stop the ongoing circulation of these weapons”), New Zealand’s Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) said Wellington’s gun confiscation scheme is an “unmitigated failure.” COLFO secretary Nicole McKee said the gun buyback program “lacked fair and reasonable compensation for legally purchased items.”

Note: Founded in 1996 “to combat firearms-related disinformation,” the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners represents the interests of firearms owners and is the largest voluntary shooting-related organization in New Zealand.

According to the Washington Post, Wellington managed to obtain 47,000 of the banned “assault rifles” and around 2,000 were modified to fit within the law. But at least two-thirds of the now illegal “assault rifles” are still in their owners’ hands.

Police Minister Stuart Nash disagrees. Nash told New Zealand’s 1News he believes the program was successful in buying back the majority of the firearms: “There’s been 580 collection events, there’s 60 in the last week alone, there’s 52,000 guns that have been taken out of our community… I think our community is safer for it…. I think we’ve got the vast majority of these guns in.

Federalist Papers‘ Sabine points out: “the fact is they did not get every gun. They cannot even agree on what percentage they got.”

~Eowyn

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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.

DCG

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