New Zealand ‘Buyback’ Ends Today, But Questions Remain About Compliance

If it lands on tails, then you probably won't get caught, if it lands on heads and we catch you you'll not only lose your licence and your firearms, you face a good chance of losing your freedom because the penalty for having one of these banned firearms is maximum five years in jail. … Obviously there's a lot of dispute between gun owners and gun control activists about the number of now-banned firearms that are in the hands of gun owners in New Zealand, and the New Zealand government insists that the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles have been handed over. … Today's the deadline for gun owners in New Zealand to hand over their now-banned firearms, but gun control activists and gun owners alike are asking the government to extend the deadline because of the lack of compliance with the new law…

This Is The Difference Between New Zealand And The United States

"We want to support our government in any changes to prevent a terrorist attack from happening in New Zealand again," Nicole McKee, secretary of the Council of Licensed Firearm Owners said. … In stark contrast to the United States, where even the most minor curbs on gun ownership meet ferocious opposition led by the National Rifle Association, New Zealand gun owners agree action is needed. … New Zealand will crack down on firearms ownership this week after the Christchurch mosques massacre that claimed 50 lives — and the Kiwi gun lobby, for the most part, is okay with that…

New Zealand’s Gun Confiscation Shaping Up To Be Massive Failure

There's a real responsibility that comes with making laws as well, and so far it looks like Ardern's gun ban is going to create more armed criminals than disarm them, since she's turning law-abiding gun owners into felons for simply maintaining possession of their legally acquired firearms. … "We absolutely recognize there is a legitimate need in our communities to be able to access guns, particularly our rural community, but what these changes do is recognize that actually there's a real responsibility that comes with gun ownership." … With seven weeks left to go until the amnesty period ends, if the current rate of return holds, the New Zealand government is on track to collect around 50,000 prohibited weapons pursuant to the buyback…

New Zealand Prime Minister: Gun Ownership Is A Privilege, Not A Right

If these politicians (along with their anti-gun activist enablers) are going to embrace sweeping gun confiscation, why not just go all in and declare their belief that SCOTUS got it wrong in the Heller case, there they think there really is no individual right to keep and bear arms, and they'll do everything in their power to turn our rights into something that requires pre-approval from the State? … We must follow New Zealand's lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States," now follow Ardern's lead and publicly state that he believes the right to keep and bear arms isn't a right after all? … It's still an open question as to how many New Zealanders are complying with the new law, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is moving ahead with more legislation blocking foreigners from legally purchasing firearms as well as establishing a gun registry…

New Zealand Seems To Embrace Coming Gun Control Regulations

Carol Pomana feels slightly uncomfortable about shopping for guns just days after the Christchurch terrorist attack on two mosques that left 50 people dead and dozens more injured. … While curtailing gun owners' rights is a political battleground in the United States, Christchurch gun owner Max Roberts, 22, predicted Ardern won't face serious opposition to her agenda. … She has said options include a ban on private ownership of semi-automatic rifles that were used with devastating effect in Christchurch and a government-funded buyback of newly outlawed guns…

NZ Gov’t Claims It Has The Authority To “Extinguish” Property Rights Of Gun Owners

Crown lawyer Austin Powell this morning said the Government's decision to buy guns back from owners was a choice by Parliament, "because politically is seemed unfair to say to what had been law-abiding firearms owners who had purchased their firearms in good faith that you have to surrender them for destruction". … The Council of Licensed Firearms Owners is suing the government over the fact that, while compensation was provided when residents were ordered to hand over their banned firearms, they were also told to turn in their ammunition without compensation. … The controversial confiscation of firearms in ammunition in New Zealand is now playing out in court, and attorneys for the New Zealand government made a shocking argument in court on Monday in a challenge to the confiscation of legally-owned ammunition…

A Tiny Fraction Of NZ ‘Assault Rifles’ Turned In So Far

There's no way bad things won't come of that to some degree, especially since criminals won't comply with those laws and we'll be beholden to the criminal class whenever they want us to be. … About 1,000 guns estimated to qualify as prohibited have reportedly been turned over to New Zealand authorities as part of the country's gun buyback program as of July 4, according to Radio New Zealand. … While gun owners get furious over the nomenclature used for these bans, anti-gunners are beating the war drums in the media asking why we can't enact a law like that here in the United States…

New Zealanders Are Keeping Their Guns And Buying More

The December 20th deadline for New Zealanders to turn over their banned firearms to the government in exchange for some cash is quickly approaching, and perhaps will see a surge of turn-ins right before the deadline. … As it turns out, one of the variables the social scientists have failed to account for is the desire by large numbers of people to continue to own and acquire firearms, despite the imposition of new legal hurdles and attempts to attach a social stigma to gun ownership. … Gun dealers have responded quickly to sweeping law changes which banned most semi-automatic firearms in April, and have been granted licences to import nearly 7000 semi-automatic rifles which remained permitted…

New Zealand Opposition Leaders Say Nation’s Gun Ban Is A Failure

COLFO spokesperson Nicole McKee said the "high-handed attitude of the Police hierarchy has led to the almost complete failure by Police at a frontline level to convince firearm owners to hand in their firearms". … Meanwhile, the spokeswoman for New Zealand's Coalition of Licensed Firearms Owners says not only did the confiscation fail to achieve its objective, it's shattered the trust between gun owners and police. … The justice minister for New Zealand's National Party concurs, telling the Herald, "As of today, Police estimate they have received over 50,000 firearms, but this is less than a third of what Police advised could be out there…

New Zealand Gang Refuses To Give Up Their Guns

Police Minister Stuart Nash, however, said there would be no exceptions to the new legislation and that there would be five years prison time for those caught with them. … "Although there may be peripheral damage and violence that occasionally spills out into the public eye, it is absolutely and without intention for any harm to be caused to non-gang members," he said. … The Mongrel Mob gang, which is one of New Zealand's most notorious, won favorable headlines when it said it would protect mosques after the attacks and pledged solidarity with the country's Muslim community…