New Zealand has launched a gun buy-back scheme within the wake of the lethal Christchurch mosque shootings.
Greater than $208m New Zealand dollars (£108m, $136m), have been put aside to compensate homeowners of semi-automatic weapons which have been banned following the assaults.
The ban was agreed by parliament in April, weeks after the shootings.
In March, a gunman killed 51 individuals at a mosque and Islamic centre throughout Friday prayers.
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How will the buy-back work?
The scheme, which solely applies to licensed weapons, will final six months that means individuals could have till 20 December at hand of their weapons.
“The buy-back has one goal – to take away essentially the most harmful weapons from circulation,” Minister of Police Stuart Nash stated.
“Police have detailed plans in place for the following step, which is the gathering of firearms from the neighborhood. Will probably be an enormous logistical train and is anticipated to get below approach in mid-July.”
The brand new gun legal guidelines agreed in April ban military-style semi-automatic weapons and elements that can be utilized to assemble prohibited firearms.
The cash put aside will compensate homeowners as much as 95% of the unique worth of their weapons.
Police estimate that round 14,300 army model semi-automatic weapons can be lined by the brand new laws.
Up to now, virtually 700 weapons have already been handed in earlier than the buy-back scheme was launched and round 5,000 have been registered by homeowners for the police to gather.
What occurred in Christchurch?
On 15 March, Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, attacked the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch.
He’s charged with the homicide of 51 individuals, 40 counts of tried homicide and one terrorism cost in New Zealand’s deadliest peace time mass taking pictures.
The gunman, armed with semi-automatic rifles, is believed to have modified his weapons with high-capacity magazines so they may maintain extra bullets.
The suspect pleaded not responsible to all fees and is anticipated to face trial subsequent 12 months.
In 2016, New Zealand Police estimated that there have been 1.2 million authorized firearms owned by civilians – that equates to round one for each 4 individuals.