New Zealand ‘Buy Back’: An Update

Socialist New Zealand Prime MinisterSocialist PM Jacinda Ardern ignores the threat of terrorism in order to clamp down on law-abiding citizens

How successful was the New Zealand Amnesty and Buy-Back?

New information shows that 36% of “military style semi-automatic” firearms (MSSA) stock was surrendered, not 33% as NZ Police estimated earlier.

The New Zealand Auditor General reviewed the government’s 2019 “buy back” and amnesty program in his 4 May 2020 report. The government’s stated goal was to confiscate semi-automatic military style firearms on the grounds that they had “the ability to cause harm in a rapid and highly destructive way from a distance.”

In Christchurch, New Zealand, a racist environmentalist murdered of 51 people at two mosques in March 2019. The socialist government, in a knee-jerk reaction, blamed “military-style semi-automatic” firearms, immediately passing an order-in-council to confiscate 13,500 semi-automatic firearms that had been required to be registered in the 1990s. Not satisfied, her government followed up her OIC by passing legislation prohibiting and confiscating between 170,000 – 240,000 semi-automatic and pump-action firearms. This bill received wide support in parliament, including the main opposition party, National. Only one MP representing ACT (Association of Consumers and Taxpayers) opposed the “buy back”.

Unsurprisingly, the gun grab was not successful in reducing crime. Quite the reverse. New Zealand Police reported criminal violence increased. As did violent crime involving guns.

After the deadline expired in December, the New Zealand Police announced the final numbers of surrendered firearms. While the Police have claimed success, critics disagree, noting that there is no agreement about how many guns were to be prohibited, primarily because many of the banned firearms had never been registered.

In May, the New Zealand Auditor General reported that, according to the provisional police data, as of 13 February 2020, a total of 61,332 firearms were surrendered, 10,009 of which were E-category firearms. In addition to the surrendered firearms, 4,211 applications for the new P endorsement were pending.

This new total of surrendered firearms is 5,082 higher than the initial NZ Police report in December 2019. It includes 477 additional E-category firearms that had been surrendered after December.

The New Zealand Auditor General revealed that the NZ Police had lost track of 1,862 E-category firearms because their records had been poorly maintained. Thus, the total of E-endorsement firearms could be as low as 13,175, instead of the 15,037 as originally reported.

These new provisional estimates, marginally improve the estimated success of the NZ confiscation scheme of “military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles” or MSSSA .


Highest Estimate of Total Stock to be SurrenderedLowest Estimate of Total Stock to be Surrendered


The success based on the December estimates were slightly lower.

Not all of the firearms to be prohibited were previously covered by an E-endorsement.


Estimated Success in DecemberEstimated Success in February (High count)Estimated Success in February (Low count)
Number of E-endorsements(15,037)(15,037)(13,175)
Surrender Success E-endorsements only64%67%76%


Similar to Canadian restricted weapons, in New Zealand, E-endorsement firearms are registered to the owner, which enables the police to know the name and address of the owner of each specific firearm.



8 Comments on "New Zealand ‘Buy Back’: An Update"

  1. edward kennedy | May 18, 2020 at 5:16 pm | Reply

    Firearm confiscations are never about gun control, only people control by hypocritical leftist hoplophobes with the IQ of a jellybean. Standing on the dead bodies of victims of criminals, these fools pontificate and never let a massacre go to waste.

  2. Neil Batchelor | May 19, 2020 at 8:41 am | Reply

    If this was an exam and you turned in a completed paper that earned a mark of between 26 and 36%, would you pass?

  3. Charles Norwood | May 20, 2020 at 5:11 pm | Reply

    If they don’t know how many are out there, they cannot possisbly have an accurate estimate of the percentage collected.

    Whatever, New Zealand, you do you. This is Canada. We are known for our wolves, not our sheep.

  4. If they keep increasing taxes as they do, they are right to fear law-abiding citizens as well. Disarm, then rob!

  5. How is it that Canada’s so-called leader can hold a gun to my head, (as well as lots of other people), to forcibly take personal property from me?
    Isn’t that called robbery? I pretty sure robbery is illegal in this country.

  6. Martin Beijersbergen | May 21, 2020 at 7:45 am | Reply

    Well it clearly shows that registration leads to confiscation.
    In 1941 my dad’s neighbor was shot dead in front of his family by the Gestapo.
    He could not produce a firearm that was registered in his name.
    Just saying.

  7. Joe Canadian | May 22, 2020 at 7:51 am | Reply

    Slow clap to the NZ Liberals. How much more effect could the money spent on this have been to actually reduce violence if they had spent it on criminals, funding law enforcement/border service and mental healthcare. Instead it went to this debacle and of course Ardens ticket towards a UN seat.

  8. JJust a quick update on the NZ Condition

    For anyone writing or blogging about the Canadian Condition, there may be something of use here. Long, but worth the read

    Obviously “Rona” had this guy locked down. Nothing to do but let it all out.
    But good links that prove everyone NEW it was Police error that gave the Christchurch terrorist a NZ firearms licence
    He bought his guns in main street shops, murdered 51 people, our Govt/Police took the opportunity to bring in draconian new laws. And Licenced Firearms Owners are now looked upon by the general public as scum.

    The next joke will be the Royal Commission of Inquiry Report. The Government received it last week.
    “Normal people, spending their own money, don’t hire the best legal team in the country, then act without waiting to hear what they paid for”

    The Government has said, submissions from State Agencies, will be kept secret. It cost a lot, but might not be much of a read.

    I’ve only just found these.

    You might as well read the Updated version 10Sep2019, on his own website, of the link below.
    (I don’t understand this URL)

    This is the same, original Post 26Jun2019 as a guest on Kiwiblog:

    I hope Canadian gun owners are more vigilant and successful than we have been.

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