Wellington Scoop
Network

Police collect 129 more illegal firearms from 83 Wellington owners

Bews from NZ Police
Police held seven collection events around the country today as part of the prohibited firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme. Wellington’s collection event was at Trentham, where 83 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 129 prohibited firearms and 377 parts and accessories.

Collection events were also held in Auckland, Ohope, Hastings, Palmerston North, Greymouth and Dunedin.

Provisional figures at 5pm today per Police district include the following:

Tamaki Makaurau (Waitemata, Auckland City and Counties Manukau): 240 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 405 prohibited firearms and 1343 parts and accessories.

Bay of Plenty: 51 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 51 prohibited firearms and 602 parts and accessories.

Eastern: 82 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 107 prohibited firearms and 167 parts and accessories.

Central: 90 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 145 prohibited firearms and 473 parts and accessories.

Tasman: 58 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 92 prohibited firearms and 160 parts and accessories.

Southern: 94 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 132 prohibited firearms and 275 parts and accessories.

Countrywide, 684 firearms owners were processed today, handing in a total of 1,061 prohibited firearms and 3,397 parts and accessories. The total amount compensated to firearms owners at today’s events is $2,098,534.

News from NZ Police – July 20
Police held eight collection events today as part of the prohibited firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme. At Trentham, 125 firearms owners handed in a total of 204 prohibited firearms and 532 parts and accessories.

There’ll be another collection at Trentham tomorrow/Sunday.

Collection events were also held today in Te Aroha, Ohope, Hastings, Palmerston North, Hokitika, Rolleston and Dunedin.

Provisional figures at 4.40pm today from the other collections:

Waikato: 79 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 114 prohibited firearms and 305 parts and accessories.

Bay of Plenty: 34 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 53 prohibited firearms and 208 parts and accessories.

Eastern: 58 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 95 prohibited firearms and 122 parts and accessories.

Central: 124 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 189 prohibited firearms and 351 parts and accessories.

Tasman: 42 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 67 prohibited firearms and 166 parts and accessories.

Canterbury: 126 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 177 prohibited firearms and 415 parts and accessories.

Southern: 104 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 156 prohibited firearms and 216 parts and accessories.

Countrywide, 692 firearms owners were processed today, handing in a total of 1,055 prohibited firearms and 2,315 parts and accessories. The total amount compensated to firearms owners is $1,757,414.

1 comment:

  1. Anon, 21. July 2019, 9:49

    Given that post-mosque-slaughter estimates of how many guns NZ had was over a million (but also completely unknown), and given that so far the country has only handed in a thousand weapons, at a cost of $1.75 million, then this exercise is going to be an expensive effort for our nation. I’m glad the weapons are being removed from our society – but is it worth considering other possibilities? What if NZ was to resell? Export these weapons back to America, where they love shooting and have no compulsion not to use weapons. We could turn this money pit into a money maker. It is against our principles, but not against theirs. Why not profit from that?

    The biggest beneficiary of the buyback so far is Gun City, where people who are being forced to sell their gun with a 20 shot magazine, then take their buyback money and go and buy a similar weapon that only takes 4 shots. A massive boost in profit for the owners of gun shops, and therefore, ironically, just as many weapons in NZ as before.

    All of this was predicted way back in the 1980s when gun laws were loosened. I clearly remember politicians at the time saying there was no danger, because these specialised weapons were “only being bought by gun collectors and would be kept on a register and under lock and key at all times.” The gun lobby in NZ is clearly already out of control and will only grow in strength given their new funding and advice from America’s NRA.