New Zealand gun buy-back program surpasses 10,000 firearms in a month

New Zealand gun buy-back program surpasses 10,000 firearms in a month

More than 10,000 firearms were handed over to police in New Zealand during the first month of the country’s gun buy-back program.New Zealand acted swi

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More than 10,000 firearms were handed over to police in New Zealand during the first month of the country’s gun buy-back program.New Zealand acted swiftly after two mosques in Christchurch came under gunfire on March 15, leaving 51 people dead and dozens more injured.Story continues below

Parliament moved to reform gun laws within weeks of the massacre, implementing a ban on semi-automatic firearms and setting up the buy-back plan.READ MORE: New Zealand begins inquiry into Christchurch mosque shootingThe program began on July 13. As of Sunday, a total of 10,242 firearms were surrendered, police told CNN.An additional 1,269 were handed in under amnesty, which means the firearms could be surrendered without risk of the owner being questioned about how the now-banned weapons were obtained.So far, more than 90 buy-back events have been held across the country. Police said thousands of firearm owners have attended and that they look forward to more “engagement and response” in the coming months.WATCH: Suspect in Christchurch mosque shooting pleads not guilty in New Zealand court

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