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New Zealand Received over 10,000 Firearms in Gun Buyback Program

In June, officials announced a gun buyback program that pays gun owners to turn in their firearms or other newly prohibited items. Since then, 10,242 firearms have been handed into police, with an additional 1,269 firearms handed in under amnesty. Some 1,269 weapons were handed in under amnesty.

According to reports, New Zealand police have received thousands of guns as part of the nationwide gun buyback program after a mass shooting in the country left 51 people dead.

"We have been really happy with New Zealand's engagement and response to this process", New Zealand police said in a statement. Those owners can't be asked by police how they got the weapons or be required to show a current license. This means there are no firm figures on how many weapons are in the country, with estimates varying between 1.2 million and 1.5 million.

Meanwhile, there is growing opposition from New Zealand's pro-gun groups.

The government is offering money for every gun handed back by a licensed owner, with the amount depending on the value and condition of the firearm.

Armed police respond to a shooting Friday at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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Some owners gave up their guns after the March 15 shooting, disturbed by the attacks.

Anyone who possesses a firearm that is now barred by New Zealand law could face up to five years in prison.

She called on her members this week to keep their weapons until the government came up with better compensation.

"There are 250,000 of us here in New Zealand and by the time you add in the immediate family members and those affected by this - we're talking over a million people - so I think we deserve to have a say", Ms McKee said in July.

Ahead of the first event in Christchurch last month, Nicole McKee from the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) told the ABC law-abiding gun owners were not consulted about the law changes nor the buyback scheme.



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