New Zealand Police Minister on Buyback: Do it Now or Face Five Years in Prison

New Zealand Police Minister Stuart Nash (right) pictured with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (left). (Photo: Facebook/Nash)

The deadline for New Zealanders to turn over their newly outlawed firearms and accessories is fast approaching, a government official announced last week.  

“Don’t wait. Police are very clear that the deadline is looming,” said Police Minister Stuart Nash in a press release dated Oct. 31.

“If people don’t hand in the other prohibited firearms and parts by 20 December they will get no money and will face up to five years in prison and the loss of their firearms license,” he added. 

What’s being dubbed a “buyback” program, officially called the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Regulations 2019, kicked off mid-July, roughly 16 weeks ago.  It banned most semiautomatic firearms, all modern sporting rifles, and magazines with a capacity greater than 10 rounds.  There is no grandfather clause or exemption.

Thus far, an estimated 19,000 gun owners have traded in over 32,000 firearms at almost 350 “collection events” for $62 million in payments or about $500 per gun.  

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Given that there are as many as 175,000 prohibited semiautomatic firearms in circulation, that would indicate a compliance rate of around 18 percent.  If the current pace of confiscation continues — 2,000 guns per week — officials can expect another 12,000 to 14,000 firearms for a total of 44,000 to 46,000 firearms, or a final compliance rate of about 26 percent.  

“Since the first firearms collection event on Saturday 13 July in Christchurch I have been full of praise for those law-abiding firearms owners who are doing the right thing and for Police who have worked hard to make the process easy to follow,” Nash said.  

“Lawful firearms owners did nothing wrong but the law changed and they found themselves with prohibited weapons. This was never aimed at them but was designed to stop another terror attack like that on 15 March,” he continued, referencing the terrorist attacks at mosques in the city of Christchurch that left 51 dead and 49 wounded.  

Nash also said that 120,000 prohibited parts such as “high-capacity” magazines have also been exchanged.  

Would a mandatory “buyback” scheme like New Zealand’s ever fly here in the U.S.?

Well, to put things in perspective, one presidential hopeful promised to do just that. Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke.  During a Democratic presidential debate in September, when asked about confiscation, he went so far as to say, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47…”

Apparently, that message did not resonate with voters.  Last Friday afternoon Beto called it quits, saying in a statement, “Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully.  My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the [Democratic] nominee.” 

While all the Dems running for POTUS are anti-gun, Beto was the most aggressive.  He made restricting 2A rights the centerpiece of his campaign.  Now, he gets to watch the race from the sidelines. Maybe, just maybe, there is a lesson to be learned there: confiscation will not be tolerated.

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  • Peter September 18, 2020, 3:57 am

    The anti-Christ is closing in, once he gets all the guns confiscated he will begin to implement the Mark of the Beast on all people and they will be domed for eternity. I wrote many times before, the seal of the Mark of the Beast in the unbelievers is like the seal of the Holy Spirit in the Christian believers. The devil wants to prove what God can do he can do but it will amount to nothing because everything he has and knows were from God in the first place. Satan, the Beast, and the anti-Christ are the unholy trinity working to destroy humanity who are made in the image of God.

  • RICK November 10, 2019, 2:11 pm

    I WILL NOT COMPLY. They will never take my Nerf guns…

  • Russ November 9, 2019, 11:52 am

    Haaaaaa, empty threat of a scared weasel.

  • DavidInCO November 8, 2019, 5:36 pm

    “Buy back”? WTF. I can’t believe they are still saying “buy back” in the same breath as “jail time”. It’s easy. Repeat after me. “CON-FIS-CA-TION”. See, the truth will set you free… F-ing morons.

  • Shan November 8, 2019, 3:42 pm

    My comments are not being posted? Not offensive at all? What’s up?

  • Floyd November 8, 2019, 1:51 pm

    Time for the people of New Zealand to organize and rise up! This is a global battle it is world wide.

    • Scotty Gunn November 8, 2019, 5:20 pm

      They won’t. They will march like sheep and turn them in for the cash and go buy something else that is government approved. Then that will be confiscated in the next round, and they just get into model cars or collecting dolls.

  • John Boutwell November 8, 2019, 1:21 pm

    So in 5 weeks three quarters of the population becomes criminals?
    This could get interesting.

    • Jake December 9, 2019, 6:16 pm

      It WILL happen here and the your beloved American police will be the ones stealing your property, abusing your rights and murdering Americans for the will and words of some leftist politician.
      What can you do to stop it?? Nothing… the government is out of control and we all missed the time for revolution.
      America is gone my friends.
      We are criminalizing speech in California… so Colorado will soon fallow and so on….
      Everybody wanted “safety” over freedom…. congrats.

  • Boz November 8, 2019, 1:07 pm

    Come and get it, Mƒ’rs!

    • Russ November 9, 2019, 11:57 am


      • Jake December 9, 2019, 6:17 pm

        They will.
        You will comply or die.
        And the government and the officers of said government will get away with it.
        Sad huh?
        It’s coming to the USA soon enough.

  • Brian November 8, 2019, 12:17 pm

    The NZ Gestapo chief claims the law was never aimed at “lawful gun owners,” What a crock of BS! It was aimed directly at them as means to enforce power and control over them while doing nothing to curb criminal activity involving firearms. The revolt they fear is coming, just as it came to the American colonies in 1776!

  • 1776 Patriot November 8, 2019, 11:53 am

    Sounds like there were many boating accidents in New Zealand; terrible the way gun owners like to air thei guns out in canoes and other unstable boats. .😢

  • XDS Dave November 8, 2019, 11:39 am

    Go back to WWII and the Nazi/fascist confiscation of ALL weapons from every populace that they took over, including their own German citizens. Throughout history the first thing all invading regimes did was to confiscate the weapons of the people that they invaded. The second thing was to “reeducate” the masses. So, today the invasion comes from within. The fascists are our own leaders, elected by those who are being reeducated first (public education, of which AOC and her like are a product). Result: So many of our people are being fooled. So, during the Nazi invasions of Poland and France many of the citizens buried their arms wrapped in rags soaked in grease and oil and placed in boxes. Where do you suppose the resistance fighters got so many of their weapons from after they were invaded. There are still buried weapon being found today in these European countries. Point is, when Big Brother comes for mine I will be looking for a big box, a lot of grease and rags, and a deep hole.

    • Wut Usay November 8, 2019, 8:41 pm

      Exactly how does burying the means to resist this exact situation rectify said situation? The 2A is so you can bury tyrants, not guns.

    • MakeMeACriminal November 10, 2019, 1:20 pm

      Bury guns? If you think it’s time to bury guns, it’s already time to dig them up!

  • Alan Dinehart November 8, 2019, 11:02 am

    When you attempt to disarm a country, the government runs the risk of a civil war. New Zealand needs to be very aware that this is a very strong possibility. Threats don’t work and there are enough gun owners in New Zealand that overthrow of the government is a probability.

  • Gourdhead November 8, 2019, 10:46 am

    Don’t turn your guns in. Sounds like it’s time to use them.

  • John November 8, 2019, 10:39 am

    So the government has purchased 18% all from law abiding citizens and nothing from criminals. So they have 18% of nothing.

  • Gourdhead November 8, 2019, 10:36 am

    “deadline is looming”? It should be the deadline for civil war. Give up your weapons and you are done.

  • ~ Occams November 8, 2019, 10:03 am

    The staged shooting event, complete with CGI graphics, was because politicians and your ‘elite’ have all bought N.Z. Safe Spaces, with airstrips and whatnot, because The Collapse nears. Nothing will stop it, and Amerikans will FINALLY realize it wasn’t the Left or the Right – but the politicians, Amazon, Besos, Soros, Bloomberg, FakeBook – and your privately-owned bank called (quaintly) ‘the ‘Federal’ Reserve, etc., that did it.

    But far too late.

    So ‘they’ needed an UNARMED Safe Space, and what a more perfect place than a large, temperate-climate island – WITH A DISARMED POPULATION?

    Now, I KNOW almost every one of you STILL listens to ‘your’ MSM, still not bright enough to understand it’s scripted propaganda (Obama removed the Smith-Mundt Act, which prevented this), but if I could post a pic exposing the fraud on NZ, I could show you one ‘victim’, who is ‘shot’ while the ‘terrorist’ enters the mosque.

    As he passes his ‘victim’, the guy is barefoot.

    As he returns a few moments later, his ‘dead victim’ managed to put some blue socks on!

    lol…..what you people fall for….. Hell, only ONE of you so-called ‘shooters’ on here recognized a 7.62 belt-fed weapon in the ‘Vegas massacre’ – all still believing that 5.56 nonsense.

    With a 90 round clip? Oh. Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!


    Oh, and please? To the guy who can’t respond to provable facts with anything but ‘I’ll bet you think Kennedy was a conspiracy, too’ ?

    Go look up ‘1994 House Select Committee on Assassinations’

    Then get back here and tell me I’m wrong.

    • Shan November 8, 2019, 2:53 pm

      Can’t say I agree with your logic about these things being cover ups. I mean the press is a joke so we never, as the public, get to the bottom of the story. So I can understand where u coming from. Sorta. Also if belt fed machine gun was used in Vegas wouldn’t we be able to find at least one 762 bullet? Now that I think of it I have heard nothing about any bullet or bullet fragments being found? Anybody see any news on that? Lastly I will admit that after that whole thing I was one of those crazy impulse buyers to rush out and buy a bumpstock. I actually bought two. One for my Colt Le (5.56) and one for my Saiga ( 7.62/39). I have to say the audio I heard from that shooting sounded exactly like my Colt Le being bumpfired. The irregular rapidity of the shots fired and how it would pick up and jam.

      P.s. if you are wondering unfortunately I lost both stocks in a freak gasoline fight accident. Damn shame they were completely destroyed.

  • Rex November 8, 2019, 9:53 am

    This is what tyranny looks and sounds like. Good luck to New Zealand’s gun owners. Hope they stand their ground.

  • catawampus November 8, 2019, 9:14 am

    American comrads, this is what your glorious future looks like.

  • john in DFW November 8, 2019, 9:12 am

    well, if i was a homeless person in NZ, i’d find me a high cap magazine , walk in to the police station and demand my five years of warm bed, food and services …. it’s a cure for homelessness! Awesome!

  • Alan Robinson November 8, 2019, 9:07 am

    Said the biggest fascist ever, Hitler. That’s what that is, plain and simple.

  • Michael Pritt November 8, 2019, 7:50 am

    Rule the masses by fear; that’s tyranny!

  • Jesse H Scott III November 8, 2019, 7:44 am

    I’ll bet all those criminals and nutjobs were first in line to turn over theirs.

  • phil airfoil November 8, 2019, 7:42 am

    Sadly, our own State of Virginia may be the petri dish for this type of “Democratic ideal”…don’t vote for the Communist/Socialist party…Idiots.

  • Harold Littell November 8, 2019, 7:41 am

    1935: Our capital building burned down, we must register guns and ban military weapos, (98 Ger and other arms brought back home from WW1 vets).

    1938: We need to license gun ower, we know who they are for we have a record of all the guns.

    1938: Licenses expire and are not renewed, guns are turn in.

    1938: Kristallnatch, Night of Broken Glass. 1400+ Synagogues burned, Jewish shops destroyed. Beginning of the Halocaust.

  • Godfrey Washington November 8, 2019, 7:16 am

    “…laws are to target future terrorist…” but law abiding citizens are caught in the cross fire with no way to defend themselves….irony?

  • Smitty November 8, 2019, 7:14 am

    If they take your guns (the good ones) what the hell are you going to need a firearms license for????

    I would keep the guns and they can keep the license. Once again the government has lost a revenue source.
    If they are stupid enough to put their working population (taxpayers) in prison and have to feed and house them. Their country will experience a loss of revenue of biblical proportion. The people of New Zealand must be willing to give up comfort and security for freedom or they shall have neither. Yes, I stole that from B.F.

    We should take lesson from these events.

  • Nanook November 8, 2019, 7:13 am

    Stupid Commonwealth Country, don’t give-up your guns to these elitist morons. Run them out of office. The criminals aren’t turning their guns in.

  • ron November 8, 2019, 7:07 am

    LOL!! THAT’S not a “buyback!!”

  • Dave November 8, 2019, 7:00 am

    New Zealand people just rolled-over for tyranny.

  • Vincent G November 8, 2019, 6:54 am

    Hey fellow NZ patriots! Vaseline for grease and mineral oil for keeping the moisture off of steel parts will allow one to preserve and bury steel type tools of freedom until It is GO time!

    • Harold Littell November 8, 2019, 7:32 am

      Wrong. The time you feel you eed to bury them is the time you need to use them. Use I.E.D.s on the most vocal anti freedom polititions. One or two will do it, the rest of the cowards will bow down.

      • Michael A Keim November 8, 2019, 9:20 am


  • Hugh November 8, 2019, 6:53 am

    This is just another example of the resurgence of Nazi ideals. When the Guns are gone the Government can enslave the People.

  • Chuck Matson November 8, 2019, 6:38 am

    Fricken communists! The same as the democrats here!

  • Roger J November 8, 2019, 6:10 am

    Now the jackboot of the Reich comes down to squish those who disobey.

  • Retnavet November 8, 2019, 5:20 am

    The term “Buyback” is a misnomer…how can they “buy back” something you didn’t buy from them in the first place?

  • John Bibb November 8, 2019, 3:49 am

    New Hampshire’s LIVE FREE OR DIE! slogan may be coming to New Zealand. May their prime minister woman and the chief gun grabber guy be the leaders going in when the first door gets kicked in during their raids!
    The NZ voters need to pay these politicos back at each and every election that they face. Liberty lost is never regained easily. Never let it happen in our USA!
    John Bibb

  • Jaque November 7, 2019, 1:27 pm

    Americans are one election away from the nullification of the second amendment. The communists have told us their plans for gun bans and confiscation. There are not bluffing. Make your plans now, because in one year the SHTF. If Trump is re-elected Americans are going to need their arms and every bit of ammunition they have stockpiled, because the communists are going to light off a revolution of an intensity unseen since the nation’s founding. If communists are elected they’re coming for our guns. Prepare accordingly.

  • SeppW November 6, 2019, 4:19 pm

    The difference between us and New Zeeland is a Constitutional Republic and BoR and even that is under attack every day by the lying, radicalized liberals in this country.

  • SuperG November 6, 2019, 10:19 am

    I feel sad for the people of New Zealand. A knee-jerk reaction to the actions of one psycho and now they will be branded criminals if they do not comply with the Orwellian over-reach. If one person goes to prison, and is asked by another inmate why he’s there, he can honestly say it is because he wanted freedom.

    • Mike V November 7, 2019, 1:25 am

      Don’t feel sorry for New Zealand, they are free to stop this. They wont.

      I feel sorry for the minority whom this is being imposed on.

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