15 Sep 2019

Thousands of guns flood in during buybacks for outlawed weapons

9:59 am on 15 September 2019

About 700 guns and more than 2000 firearm parts were handed in yesterday at eight buybacks around the country.

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A gun buyback event in Tairei earlier this year netted a haul of weapons that are now outlawed. Photo: RNZ / Tim Brown

The collections are for guns and parts outlawed after the Christchurch mosque attacks.

They also act as an amnesty for anyone wanting to dispose of firearms anonymously, with no questions asked.

Today, there are events in Auckland, Rotorua and Ruatoria, and in Richmond, Kaiapoi and Invercargill in the South Island.

Police do not know how many guns there are in the country, but so far a total of 21,000 firearms that are now restricted have been handed in, and 77,000 parts.

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