A total of 248 firearms and 1283 accessories/parts were handed in by 144 gun owners during the Police’s gun collection event in Orewa this month.
The collection took place at Sharks Sports Club in Victor Eaves Reserve on Sunday, August 11.
Acting Waitemata District Commander, Inspector Shanan Gray says Police are pleased with the large turnout of firearms owners in Orewa.
This was the first buyback event held in the Hibiscus Coast area, and Inspector Gray says firearms owners travelled some distance to attend.
“The result shows that firearms owners in the Hibiscus Coast and wider community are doing the right thing and we acknowledge their support and engagement in this process,” Inspector Gray says.
The schedule for local collections (HM August 7) has changed and there is now only one remaining local firearm collection – on September 22 at the same venue, 12 noon to 4pm.
Police are encouraging gun owners to hand-in firearms as part of the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Parts and Magazines) Amendment Act 2019. The amendments, which came into force on June 20, ban most semi-automatic firearms, some pump action shotguns and also certain large capacity magazines.
There are limited exemptions. It also places controls around who may possess parts of prohibited firearms. New offences involving prohibited items carry tougher penalties.
To speed up the handover process, owners need to complete the form on the Police website before coming to the event – including listing each firearm and/or each individual part they are bringing along.
Info: www.police.govt.nz or phone 0800 311 311.