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Christchurch shootings: New Zealanders hand over guns

July 14, 2019 4:32 pm

New Zealanders have started handing over their semi-automatic weapons as part of a buyback scheme following a ban after the Christchurch attacks.

Gun reforms were enacted after a gunman shot dead 51 people at two mosques in March.

Saturday’s handover in Christchurch was the first of more than 250 collections to be held across the country.

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More than NZ$433,600 (£230,000) was paid in compensation to 169 firearms owners, who handed in 224 weapons.

The weapons were then destroyed.

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