Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search


Details of gun buyback scheme revealed

Police have revealed details of how the gun buyback process will work at a public demonstration today.

Stuart Nash and
Mike Clement

Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

New firearms laws are now in effect banning most semi-automatic firearms and some pump action shotguns, and also certain large capacity magazines.

There will be 192 collection events for banned weapons over the next three months, beginning next weekend at Christchurch's Riccarton Racecourse.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said 840 firearms have already been handed in and another 8000 are expected to be surrendered soon.

In addition, more than 1300 unlawful firearms have been seized since March.

Gun owners are being asked to prepare before handing over their firearms, and turn up with bank account details, firearms licence and photo identification.

The firearm should also not be loaded.

A selection of firearms which are now
prohibited, on display to media at a police
press conference. Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey

The government will pay 95 percent of the base price for weapons in new or near-new condition, 70 percent for those in used condition and 25 percent for those in poor condition.

The guns will be disabled soon after collection and then destroyed by a hydraulic press.

Meanwhile, the National Party is concerned that gun-owners will not get a fair deal in the buy-back and is calling on the government to release the report on which the system is based.

National's police spokesperson Brett Hudson said the government-commissioned KPMG report, which recommends how much gun-owners should receive for handing in their firearms, needs to be made public.

Many gun-owners are not confident that the scheme is fair and fear they will be left out of pocket, he said.

Mr Hudson wants the report released so they can see the expert advice and compare it to what is being rolled out in the buyback.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Coronavirus, And The Iowa Debacle

As Bloomberg says, the coronavirus shutdown is creating the world’s biggest work-from-home experiment. On the upside, the mortality rate with the current outbreak is lower than with SARS in 2003, but (for a number of reasons) the economic impact this time ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Dodging A Bullet Over The Transport Cost Over-Runs

As New Zealand gears up to begin its $6.8 billion programme of large scale roading projects all around the country, we should be aware of this morning’s sobering headlines from New South Wales, where the cost overruns on major transport projects ... More>>

Gordon Campbell:On Kobemania, Palestine And The Infrastructure Package

Quick quiz to end the week. What deserves the more attention – the death of a US basketball legend, or the end of Palestinian hopes for an independent state? Both died this week, but only one was met with almost total indifference by the global community. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Double Standard That’s Bound To Dominate The Election

Are National really better political managers than Labour, particularly when it comes to running the economy? For many voters – and the business community in particular - their belief in National’s inherent competence is a simple act of faith. More>>

Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Dice Are Loaded Against Women In Public Life

If they enter public life, women can expect a type of intense (and contradictory) scrutiny that is rarely applied to their male counterparts... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Harry/Meghan Affair, And Iran

Those “Meghzit” headlines seem apt, given how closely Britain’s January 31 exit from the European Union resembles the imminent departure from the Royal Family’s top team of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. For young Iranians, the accidental downing of the Ukrainian airliner is just the latest example of the deadly incompetence and dishonesty of their leaders... More>>