New Zealand government said Saturday their nation is going to be a safer place later owners given in over 50,000 firearms during a buyback program after a ban on assault weapons. But critics say the procedure was faulty and lots of owners have stashed their guns.
The authorities prohibited the most deadly kinds of semi-automatic weapons under a month following a lone gunman at March murdered 51 worshippers in two Christchurch mosques. The authorities then established a two-year program to purchase the recently banned weapons from owners.
The buyback stopped midnight Friday, with gun set events remaining open as authorities reported at a surge in last-minute yields.
Provisional figures suggest 33,000 individuals handed in 51,000 firearms, and another 5,000 firearms as part of a parallel amnesty where owners may hand over any sort of firearm with no questions being asked but without getting paid.
Owners also altered another 2,700 firearms to make them legally compliant, while authorities said they had captured a further 1,800 firearms from gangs because March. And authorities said they are in the process of amassing another 1,600 firearms from gun dealers.
Police Minister Stuart Nash told reporters Saturday that offenders would find it more challenging to receive their hands on firearms since they tended to steal them out of legal owners, but these weapons could currently be out of flow.
He confessed in a statement it was”a challenging process for some people”
Both Nash and Clement said the nation was safer than it was before the March strikes.
“They overcame being blamed by police for being responsible for a heinous act of terrorism — something they’d never do,” McKee said in a statement.
The ban on assault weapons was endorsed by lawmakers within an early 119-1 vote following the mosque strikes. Lawmakers are currently considering additional restrictions, including making a register to monitor all firearms.