Updated: Sep 13, 2019



AUGUST 13, 2019

Police officers carrying automatic rifles guard the area near Al Noor mosque during a visit by Turkey's Vice-President Fuat Oktay and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on March 18, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Carl Court/Getty Images

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced just days after the Christchurch mosque attack that she would immediately toughen New Zealand gun laws, announcing a ban on military -style semi-automatic guns.

The newly rammed through anti-gun legislation added even further reforms to include a mandatory gun register and a ban on gun purchases by foreign visitors.

Jacinda Ardern said,

“This will enshrine in law that owning a firearm is a privilege, rather than a right”.

New Zealand set up more than 70 public gun collection events, so far around between 8,000 to 10,000 firearms have been handed up along with 33,000 parts surrendered in the buyback scheme. A total of $17 million has been paid in compensation to gun owners.

Gun owners are only entitled to compensation if the gun is owned by a licensed owner and the amount compensated depends on the condition and value of the firearm.

The blowout costs expect to be estimated at $207 million, with some saying that they believe the costs will be a lot more.

Norm Legg, a project supervisor with a local security firm, holds up a rifle during the Australian gun buyback scheme after the Port Arthur massacre. Photo: AFP

The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) spokesperson Nicole McKee believes that given there are a million of them being gun owners that included family members that were impacted, that they deserve a say, but gun owners had not been consulted about the buyback or the new changes to the laws.

The COLFO has started a crowdfunding campaign hoping to pay for legal advice and take potential court action if its members continue to be left out of conversations.

The COLFO believe that the compensation is not fair and not reasonable.

New Zealand firearm owners have been given five months to give up their weapons that are now deemed as illegal. After this period anyone caught in possession of a prohibited firearm will be punished by having to spend up to five years in jail.


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