126 Guns handed in

Police are pleased with the turnout of firearms owners at the Pakuranga firearms collection event on Father’s Day Sunday.

Seventy-one owners were processed at the Government’s gun buyback event at Pakuranga United Rugby Club with 126 firearms handed in along with 484 firearms parts. The amnesty period for the ban – imposed after the Christchurch mosque killings – ends in December.

Seventy-one owners were processed at the Government’s gun buyback event at Pakuranga United Rugby Club on Father’s Day. Times photos Wayne Martin

“This result shows that our Counties Manukau community are doing the right thing and I want to thank them for their support and engagement in this process,” said Superintendent Jill Rogers, District Commander for Counties Manukau.

“There will be two further firearms collections events in Counties Manukau this month in Flat Bush and we encourage any firearms owners who still need to hand in their firearms to attend one of these events.”

The upcoming collection events are at the Ormiston Activity Centre in Chapel Rd, Flat Bush between 10am and 2pm on September 22 and September 29.

Details of the upcoming events can be found on the police website: https://www.police.govt.nz/advice/firearms-and-safety/changes-firearms-law-prohibited-firearms/local-collection-events-amnesty.