Million-dollar start to gun collection events

A ban was put in place on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand, six days after the Christchurch terror attacks. Photo: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

Police Minister Stuart Nash says a solid start has been made to the gun buyback and amnesty after the first weekend of community collection events.

“Gun owners will walk away with more than $1 million in compensation after this weekend. The first payments are expected to land in people’s bank accounts over the next few days.

“Police are very encouraged by the response to the first public events at Riccarton Racecourse in Christchurch. More than 250 further events are planned for the first half of the amnesty, and more will be scheduled.

“Sunday’s efforts surpassed the turnout on Saturday and I want to repeat my praise for both Police and firearms owners who made this happen.

“The feedback to Police has been very positive. Gun owners say the process is easy and straightforward and the compensation they received is fair."

Provisional figures show that 378 people took part over the course of the weekend. A total of 542 firearms were handed in, along with 578 prohibited parts or accessories.

Payments worth $1,022,599 were processed.

The next collection event is on 17 July at Waipu in Northland.

After that every Police District around the country will hold events over the weekend of 20-21 July.

“I encourage firearms owners to prepare beforehand using the online form. Others with firearms or parts they wish to dispose of during the amnesty can also drop them off at the collection days, no questions asked," says Stuart.

“Information about the collection events is being regularly updated on the Police website, and people can also phone the 0800 311 311 number for more details.

“The terror attack on 15 March is the reason we changed our laws. We know the vast majority of gun owners are law abiding and the changes are not aimed at them. They did nothing wrong. But we must act to remove the most dangerous weapons from circulation."

Details of the dates and locations of the collection events can be found here: https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/firearms-and-safety/changes-firearms-law-prohibited-firearms/local-collection-events-amnesty

Other guidance about how to prepare for the buy-back is attached by way of a diagram. It was previously released here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/firearms-buy-back-scheme-strikes-fair-balance
 

Date

Local Collection Point

Address

Operating hours

19-21 July 2019

Ohope Hall

Bluett Road,Ohope

9am - 1pm

26-28 July 2019

Taupo Vintage Car Club

Hickling Park, Taupo

9am - 1pm

2-4 August 2019

Te Puke Sports Club

Atuaroa Road, Te Puke

9am - 1pm

9-11 August 2019

Rotorua - International stadium

Devon Street, Rotorua

9am - 2pm

16-18 August 2019

Tokoroa Cricket Club

56 Mossop Road, Tokoroa

9am - 1pm

23-25 August 2019

Kawerau - Firmin Lodge

Waterhouse Street, Kawerau

9am - 1pm

30 August-

Tauranga - Stadium Lounge

Bay Park Tauranga

9am - 1pm

1-Sep-19

6-8 September 2019

Waiotahi Settlers Hall

9 Waiotahi Valley Road, Opotoki

9am - 12pm

13-15 September 2019

Rotorua -International Stadium

Devon Street, Rotorua

9am - 2pm

20-22 September 2019

Murupara Sports Pavilion Hall

48 Pine Drive, Murupara

9am - 1pm

27-29 September 2019

Tauranga Stadium Lounge

Bay Park Tauranga

9am - 1pm


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