The Police buy back and amnesty for guns that are newly prohibited is coming to town, with two opportunities to hand over weapons in Orewa.
The local events, on August 11 and 12, and September 22 and 23, are among 258 opportunities to hand in firearms that are running around the country – the process started in Canterbury on July 11.
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.
Those who own prohibited items have until December 20 to notify Police and hand-in their firearms.
The weapons can be handed in anonymously, no questions asked during the amnesty period.
You may also hand in non-prohibited firearms that you no longer wish to have in your possession.
Before coming to an event, owners must clear firearms of all ammunition and put them and any parts in a safe carry bag.
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.
Please also bring firearms licence (if applicable), photo ID (driver’s licence or passport), bank account number, online notification reference number, a valuation if you believe your firearm fits the unique prohibited criteria.
The local buy backs and amnesties are both at the Sharks Sports Club in Victor Eaves Reserve, Orewa, on 11 and 12 August, 10am-3pm and 22 and 23 September, 12 noon-4pm.
Info: www.police.govt.nz or phone 0800 311 311.