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eb. 1 marked the beginning of New
Zealand's Amnesty and Buyback 2021.
Kiwi gun owners have once again been
forced to file into police stations like criminals
to hand over firearms that they lawfully
purchased. The mandatory gun turn-in marked
the second time in as many years that the New
Zealand government has confiscated firearms
from its citizens. These repeated attacks on
law-abiding gun owners serve as a powerful
example of anti-gun advocates' insatiable
quest for control.
New Zealand's incessant assault on gun
owners began in March 2019, following a
high-profile shooting in Christchurch. On
March 21, Labour Prime Minister Jacinda
Ardern unilaterally prohibited the sale of semiautomatic center-fire guns with detachable
magazines. Even before the legislation was
enacted, Police Minister Stuart Nash warned,
" police are gearing up to enable these
weapons to be taken out of circulation. "
Ardern's autocratic behavior earned praise
from U.S. gun-control advocates. Twice-failed
presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cheered
on Twitter, " Under @jacindaardern's leadership,
New Zealand has banned assault rifles and
military-style semi-automatic weapons just six
days after the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Public servants didn't stop at offering thoughts
and prayers. They chose to act. " An enthused
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) remarked, " See.
It's not that hard. " Rep. Alexandria OcasioCortez (D-N.Y.) said of Ardern's actions, " This is
what leadership looks like. "
The New Zealand Parliament went on to
ratify Ardern's actions on April 10, 2019 with
the Arms Amendment Act 2019. The legislation
prohibited the possession of semi-automatic
center-fire rifles and their corresponding
magazines. The act also prohibited pump-action
and semi-automatic shotguns with internal
magazines capable of accepting more than
five rounds and all semi-automatic shotguns
capable of accepting a detachable magazine.
Further, the measure provided for the first
mandatory firearm " buyback " scheme, which
ran until Dec. 20, 2019.
The mandatory " buyback " managed to
capture roughly 60,000 firearms. However, the
total fell well short of estimates. New Zealand
gun-rights group Council of Licensed Firearms
Owners estimated that 170,000 prohibited
firearms remained in the possession of New
Zealanders after the confiscation period.
Even before the end of the turn-in, New
Zealand's anti-gun politicians were planning
further gun control. In September 2019, Ardern
declared that " owning a firearm is a privilege not
a right, " and made clear that her government
intended to continue its attack on gun owners.
April 2021

The chief concern of the gun controllers was
New Zealand's lack of firearms registration,
which hindered the confiscation process.
Gun Control NZ co-founder Philippa Yasbek
lamented to the press, " These weapons are
unlikely to be confiscated by police because
they don't know of their existence. "
On June 18, 2020, the New Zealand Parliament passed the Arms Legislation Act 2020.
Ensuring that future confiscation efforts would
be easier to carry out, the legislation required
national firearms registration. The act also
imposed a wide set of restrictions that encumber
almost every aspect of gun ownership.
The legislation reduced the time period that
a first-time firearms license is valid from 10 to five
years. In an appalling breach of privacy, the act
required police to notify firearm license holders'
physicians of their patients' gun ownership status.
Physicians will be required to report the private
health information of license holders to the police.
The legislation also imposed new controls on
the possession and transfer of ammunition.
Moreover, the act banned new classes of
firearms. It prohibited semi-automatic pistols
based on certain measurement criteria and caliber. It also targeted " Centrefire pump-action
rifles capable of being used with a detachable
magazine, or that have a non-detachable
magazines (tubular or otherwise) that are
capable of holding more than 10 cartridges. "
The mandatory " buyback " period for these
firearms runs through the end of July.
New Zealand's National Party has taken
to calling the 2021 confiscation campaign
" gun buyback 2.0. " National Party Police
Spokesman Simeon Brown stated, " The first
gun buyback was merely a marketing exercise.
After spending $103 million on the scheme, the
Government couldn't even confirm whether
it had made New Zealand safer or if it had
collected all prohibited firearms. "
New Zealand's experience offers an
important lesson for American gun owners.
In a knee-jerk reaction, the New Zealand Parliament passed Ardern's initial raft of gun control
by a margin of 119-1. The June 2020 gun-control
legislation passed by a much narrower 63-50.
No doubt there are some lawmakers and gun
owners who now wish they had more forcefully
opposed Ardern's first wave of gun control now
that her government's assault on gun owners
has proven to be unending. If enough New
Zealanders had pushed back, further attempts at
gun control may have proven politically infeasible.
This is why U.S. gun owners must
strenuously oppose any and
all attacks on our rights.
Just as in New Zealand, our
opponents will not stop short
of total civilian disarmament.

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