New Zealand calls in guns

During July in New Zealand a national campaign to rid the country of lethal semi-automatic firearms was launched in Christchurch, where a gunman murdered 51 people at two mosques in March.

Police reported paying $134,000 (R1.25 million) to 68 gun owners in the first hours of the buyback — the first of more than 250 such events planned.

After the attacks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern emotionally urged the legislation’s passage, describing victims who will “carry disabilities for a lifetime” because of the nature of the weapon fired at them. “I could not fathom how (such weapons) could be obtained legally.” – Ozy.

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