New Zealand Crime Rates Spike Despite ‘Assault Weapon’ Ban

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has advocated for even more gun control. (Photo: Jacinda Ardern Facebook)

Gun-related crime is spiking in New Zealand a full two years after the country instituted a nationwide ban on most semi-automatic firearms. The Parliament rammed through the ban and buyback (confiscation) program in the wake of the 2019 Christchurch attack, but the laws have had no positive effect on gun-related crime.

“What we’re looking at is a piece of rushed legislation, or two pieces of rushed legislation, that went through so fast that the unintended consequences of doing that are starting to be realized, and of course the effects that we’re seeing are a less safer community,” ACT MP Nicole McKee told RNZ.

McKee argues that the gun ban legislation alienated legal gun owners and made them feel like criminals, which led to less safety around firearms in general.

“I absolutely believe that. And my reasoning behind that is because of the confusion, the blame as well that was put on license-holders,” McKee said.

“We had Minister Nash stand up and tell the country that if you don’t hand in your guns we’re going to come after you, so when people are still finding out later that they’ve got what is now a newly prohibited firearm, they’re now too scared to do anything with it.”

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Nearly 2,400 people were charged with 4,542 firearm-related offences in 2020, according to RNZ. That figure is nearly double that of 2010. An additional 1,862 firearms have been seized this year, which is more than double the figure a decade earlier.

This should come as no surprise. The 1994 Assault Weapons ban signed by President Clinton had no effect on gun violence, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania.  

“We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence,” the 2004 study concluded.

That isn’t stopping New Zealand politicians from using the crime spike as justification for even further gun control.

“We do have an increasing issue with gun use, particularly amongst our organized criminals so for me that is more rationale for the kinds of legislation we already put in place,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the Morning Post.

“That includes things like creating a gun register, which we continue work on in earnest, increasing penalties, as well as of course the buy-back.”

All parties seem to agree that the spike in gun-related crime has been driven in part by an increase of organized criminal activity following a string of deportations from Australia to New Zealand.

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Arden did not explain why these criminals would adhere to her gun ban, buyback, or registry.

The pro-gun community in New Zealand argues that the Christchurch terrorist should never have been given a firearms license in the first place.

“The thing that troubles me most is that police didn’t have the integrity to say right from the outset, ‘we stuffed up, this guy should never have got a license’,” Sporting Shooters Association president Neville Dodd told RNZ.

The 2019 attack left 51 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Mont Schroeder March 19, 2021, 5:25 pm

    Our 1% masters: cabal, Rothchilds and corporate richboys that own both repub and demoncrats, along with 85% of the media, snowflakes and other badboys, are the goons behind gun confiscation………………wakeup sheeple!

  • bruce March 19, 2021, 3:07 pm

    Quote from your post: McKee argues that the gun ban legislation alienated legal gun owners and made them feel like criminals, which led to less safety around firearms in general.

    Wha? Here’s a perfect example of a non-sequitur, which is Latin for “it does not follow.” How does making gun owners feel like criminals lead “to less safety around firearms?” Mr. McKee needs to follow the first rule about putting yourself into print, which is to: Think before you write.

    • Shanz March 24, 2021, 8:01 pm

      Reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit huh?

  • Phillip Owens March 19, 2021, 12:03 pm

    Well now, there is nothing here that should surprise anyone, any intelligent individual knows that criminals don’t care what laws you pass, they will do what they want without anyone’s permission. The only people who suffer from gun control and or confiscation are the law abiding citizen.
    Laws that provide for gun control only help the criminals, therefore those who support and pass gun control measures are aiding and abetting criminal actions!

  • MCross March 19, 2021, 11:05 am

    “We do have an increasing issue with gun use, particularly amongst our organized criminals so for me that is more rationale for the kinds of legislation we already put in place,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told the Morning Post.

    She admits that there is an issue with organized crime; her fix is to disarm law-abiding NZ citizens? Typical Liberal thinking…oh, wait that is not a rational/cognitive thought process. Is she disarming her protection service staff as well?

  • Dr Motown March 19, 2021, 8:55 am

    Whenever a liberal program fails, the libs just double down with another program…true for gun control, welfare, education ad nauseum

  • John Howard March 19, 2021, 6:32 am

    When you have women leadership all you get is feelgood solutions. How could men loose their mind and give women the right to vote ! Look what has happened to the US.

    • Chuck Matson March 19, 2021, 7:36 am

      The soyboy politicians we have in the U.S. are just as bad. dems and rinos. None of them meant it when they took the oath of office.

    • Eric March 19, 2021, 9:49 am

      Always sound thinking to make conclusory generalizations about half the population. You’re a real philosopher, John Howard.

      You could start your own philosophical movement. Call it incelliscism maybe? No? How about the Sad Lonely Man School of Justification for Not Getting Any? Maybe just start an Armie Hammer fan club.

      The world is your oyster, John Howard. Go out and try talking to women again.

    • Eric March 19, 2021, 9:52 am

      John Howard, I’ve met a lot of female police officers who do not make anyone feel good, and who could very likely not your dick in the dirt.

    • Big Al 45 March 23, 2021, 5:01 pm

      Hey man, the 19th Century is looking for you! They want their village fool back.

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