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New Zealanders Hand In More Than 50,000 Weapons As The Country's Buyback Program Ends

The Pacific nation's months-long program ended this week with questionable success. A ban on most semi-automatic and military-style rifles also took effect across the country.
A gun is prepared for use in a bullet trap as part of a demonstration during a firearm buy-back collection event on July 4 in Wellington, New Zealand. Source: Hagen Hopkins

New Zealand's months-long gun amnesty and buyback program ended Friday, with questionable success. The amnesty gave gun owners a chance to surrender certain firearms before facing legal recourse for having them after the country outlawed most semi-automatic and military-style firearms earlier this year.

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