That’s how many newly banned firearms New Zealand has managed to collect, halfway to the deadline.
With an estimated 158,730 affected firearms, that’s an overall 12.5% compliance rate.
But now the government estimate is 173,000. 11.5%.
Lessee. with approximately 250 “buyback” events planned, and being halfway through the process, it appears the per event rate is averaging 159 firearms. To get all the firearms, they need 692 per event. They’re actually collecting less than a quarter of that.
Of course, if NP boss Bridges’ estimate 200,000-plus is correct, the compliance rate is 9.9%.
Or National MP Brett Hudson’s reported police estimate of 240,000. 8.3%.
Since that’s an NZ .gov official citing a police estimate, I’m going to roll with it.
No wonder the NZ government now wants total firearms registration. They need to know who has them, and where, so they can collect them. Except…
Of the 14,000 or so MSSAs that are registered with police, 2500 have been handed in.
Most of the banned firearms had no registration requirement. “Military-Style Semi-Automatic” firearms are registered (and now banned). And even with registration, they can’t get better than 17.9% compliance. (Other estimates of registered MSSAs range as high as 14,500, which lower the MSSA compliance rate.)
From articles I’ve been reading the government is quite worried about the low overall compliance rate. The fact that 4 out 5 registered owners of registered MSSAs are blowing them off must be scaring the hell out of the panty-pissers.
Amusingly, news reports no longer include the previously obligatory police quotes about how enthusiastic gun owners are about the confiscation.
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