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Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:16 AM

New Zealanders Give Up Weapons After Mosque Killings




Date created : 13/07/2019 - 05:25

Christchurch (New Zealand) (AFP)

Dozens of New Zealanders handed in their firearms Saturday as a gun buyback scheme went into operation aimed at ridding the country of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

The first of more than 250 collections to be held nationwide was held in Christchurch where 51 Muslim worshippers were gunned down while at prayer less than four months ago.

The government, with support from opposition parties, immediately rushed through legislation to tighten New Zealand's gun laws.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said the one objective was to "remove the most dangerous weapons from circulation".

With armed police monitoring the handover, 68 firearms owners handed in 97 weapons and 94 parts and accessories in the first two hours.

The regional police commander Mike Johnson said 903 gun owners in the Canterbury area had registered 1,415 firearms to be handed in.

"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," Johnson said.

Ray Berard, who moved to New Zealand from Canada 25 years ago, handed in an assault rifle and told reporters he had been in the Canadian army and on the Canada shooting team but believed there was no place for military-style firearms in modern society.

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Reply New Zealanders Give Up Weapons After Mosque Killings (Original post)
RCW2014 Jul 2019 OP
msv Jul 2019 #1
RCW2014 Jul 2019 #3
imwithfred Jul 2019 #2
batcat Jul 2019 #4
oflguy Jul 2019 #7
Gunslinger201 Jul 2019 #5
oflguy Jul 2019 #6
Oldgeezer Jul 2019 #8

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 12:51 AM

1. Literally giving the killer what he wanted.

The guy was an accelerationist, and he knew this would happen, and the government shrugged and said yeah that's exactly what we're going to do.

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Response to msv (Reply #1)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 01:35 AM

3. Interesting, yet troubling how easy it was...indeed. nt

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 01:25 AM

2. I wonder how many Islamacists turned in theirs?

Anybody know?

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 01:43 AM

4. Perhaps another fake news story. ...

It is hard to tell anymore. We live in a world where you get to pick your propaganda and I get to pick mine.

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SURPRISE!: New Zealand Gun Owners Aren’t Giving Up Their Weapons
By ASHE SCHOW July 9, 2019

In the wake of the horrific Chirstchurch mosque shootings earlier this year, New Zealand’s government imposed strict new firearms laws. As was obvious from the beginning, gun owners are not giving up their private property.

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As Reason now reports, New Zealand gunowners aren’t handing in the legally obtained-but-since-declared-illegal firearms. The latest numbers show just 700 weapons have been turned in. There are currently 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand, though it is unclear how many fall under the new expansive ban.

"These weapons are unlikely to be confiscated by police because they don't know of their existence," said Philippa Yasbek of Gun Control NZ. "These will become black-market weapons if their owners choose not to comply with the law and become criminals instead."

The reason people aren’t turning in their weapons is obvious: The government doesn’t know who owns what firearm, and have no way to figure that out unless they go door-to-door searching. That would be an extreme violation of human rights.

The outcome was inevitable, Reason wrote, as one could look at recent history to see. When Australia implemented its mandatory gun buyback program, only about 20% of all banned weapons were estimated to have been turned into the government.
https://www.dailywire.com/news/49300/surprise-new-zealand-gun-owners-arent-giving-their-ashe-schow

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Response to batcat (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 06:57 AM

7. Gun control works

Ask anybody in Argentina

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 05:14 AM

5. Dozens gave them up?

Smart People aren’t going to give them up

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 06:53 AM

6. If they want to "remove the most dangerous weapons from circulation".

Then they should be working to arrest the most dangerous criminals in the country. Getting law abiding citizens to turn in weapons will not help the crime problem. It will only add to it.

DUH!!!

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sat Jul 13, 2019, 10:09 AM

8. Sounds like a failure....but you know that

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