New Zealand's redemption price can reach $ 300 million
Following the terrorist attacks in Christchurch on March 15, which killed 50 people, New Zealand is acting swiftly to change its arms laws.
On Tuesday, a bill that proposed a ban on semi-automatic firearms, magazines and parts used to assemble illegal firearms passed to Parliament for the first time, gaining the support of every MP in the house, one of them. gun owners will have amnesty until September to surrender their weapons and be compensated as part of the proposed redemption scheme. Previously, the government said the proposed redemption could cost between $ 100 and $ 200 million NZD ($ 68 and $ 136 million), but on Tuesday morning Peters revised the forecast to $ 300 million ($ 200 million). is an extravagant statement, but it may be true ̵
1; it can cost up to $ 300 million to determine what's wrong, he told CNN, Radio New Zealand (RNZ). He admitted that the government is not in a position to assess the full cost of the scheme as it does not know how many weapons or what kind of items they will have to buy back.
In New Zealand, gun owners require a license, but they do not have to register their weapons, which means that nobody knows for sure how many weapons are in circulation. New Zealand police believe there are around 1.2 million firearms in the country. Since Monday, police have handed over 211 firearms, and some weapons owners have even done so before announcing the proposed changes to the law, according to a New Zealand police statement.
But Nicole McKay, Secretary of the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners, challenged the government's redemption amount, telling RNZ that the change in law would cost taxpayers billions.
adding that it would make 250,000 "lawful" citizens licensed as owners of firearms, criminals.
A petition opposing proposed changes has already acquired nearly 15,000 signatures.
Australia also introduced a redemption of weapons after the shooter killed 35 people in Tasmania. The then government of the country recovered around 640,000 banned weapons, according to the Australian National Audit Office. Rapid changes
The public will have two days to make a bill – a much shorter period of time – before returning to parliament next Tuesday for his second reading.
Peters said he expects the gun changes to take effect by April 12, four weeks after the terrorist attack in Christchurch.
The only opposed vote in parliament on Tuesday was David Seymour, the leader of ACT, a minority party.
"I call for caution," he told Parliament. "I call for public consultations, and I call for our work to be a parliament, and indeed to honor the victims of this tragedy by protecting our democracy."
Calvin Davis, a member of the parliament that is part of the leadership of Prime Minister Jacquid Ardern, said he had surrendered his own semi-automatic rifle to police on Tuesday after the attack. .22 ", he told MPs."
"We can not say for sure what the redemption price will be … But then, what is the price of an event we saw on March 15th?"