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New Zealand: 56,000 guns handed over during amnesty

December 22, 2019 7:37 am

More than 56,000 weapons have been handed to authorities in New Zealand during a six-month amnesty, police say.

The buy-back scheme was launched when authorities banned semi-automatic weapon in response to the killing of 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch.

The ban was agreed by parliament weeks after the 15 March shootings – the worst in modern times in New Zealand.

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