Police hailed the first event in a nationwide buyback scheme as an 'outstanding' response. Automatic and semi-automatic weapons have been banned in the wake of deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch.
The first of more than 250 planned gun collections across New Zealand has been held in Christchurch. The buyback scheme was introduced after March mosque attacks in which 51 Muslim worshippers were killed.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that military-style semi-automatic and automatic weapons will no longer be sold in New Zealand. It follows less than a week after the killing of 50 people in two mosques.
The New Zealand government is banning the sale and possession of assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons. In doing so, it is again taking swift and effective action that sends a powerful signal, says DW's Martin Muno.
The government hopes the gun buyback scheme will rid society of the rapid-fire type used in the white supremacist attack on two Christchurch mosques. A firearms spokeswoman says owners feel "ripped off."
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