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New Zealand Gun Buyback Plan Faces Challenges

Police at the scene of the New Zealand mosque shootings in March
Police at the scene of the New Zealand mosque shootings in March (Carl Court/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 01 July 2019 12:49 PM

New Zealand's plan to buy back the military-style rifles and other weapons banned in the wake of two deadly mass shootings has encountered several challenges that have slowed progress, The Washington Post reports.

New Zealand's parliament voted almost unanimously in April to ban various weapons like the ones used in the March 15 attacks on mosques in Christchurch that killed 51 people. Since then, the government has encountered growing opposition to the ban and the plan to buy back guns. Pro-gun groups have threatened to sue, while advocates for gun control warn that the rates the government is willing to spend might not be fair compensation, and it could create a rise in black market sales of guns.

Former New Zealand Police arms control manager Joe Green, who is also an expert on gun-safety, told the Post that authorities are "operating a little bit in the dark," and said the plan is "really an open checkbook because they don't know how many they are buying back."

Nicole McKee, secretary of the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners, told the Post that her group plans "to take legal action, likely to be by way of a class action," challenging the buyback program.

Others, like gun collector David Craze Sr., threatened to sue over "property confiscation," and the owner of one of the country's largest ammunition company said that gun owners will likely try to hide their weapons, and said that if gun owners cannot go through the legal system then "the only alternative is revolution," though he later apologized and said he wasn't calling for violence.

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