$2 million paid to gun owners in buy-back scheme

Firearms, parts and accessories collected from BOP firearms owners at Ohope on Saturday.

A total of $2,098,534 has been compensated to firearms owners at gun buy-back events held throughout the country.

Police held seven collection events around the country today as part of the prohibited firearms buy-back and amnesty scheme.

Collection events were held in Auckland, Ohope, Hastings, Palmerston North, Upper Hutt, Greymouth and Dunedin.
Provisional figures at 5pm on Sunday per police district include the following:

-Tamaki Makaurau (Waitemata, Auckland City and Counties Manukau): 240 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 405 prohibited firearms and 1343 parts and accessories.

-Bay of Plenty: 51 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 51 prohibited firearms and 602 parts and accessories.

-Eastern: 82 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 107 prohibited firearms and 167 parts and accessories.

-Central: 90 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 145 prohibited firearms and 473 parts and accessories.

-Wellington: 83 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 129 prohibited firearms and 377 parts and accessories.

-Tasman: 58 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 92 prohibited firearms and 160 parts and accessories.

-Southern: 94 firearms owners were processed, handing in a total of 132 prohibited firearms and 275 parts and accessories.

-Countrywide, 684 firearms owners were processed on Sunday, handing in a total of 1,061 prohibited firearms and 3,397 parts and accessories.

How to hand in your gun at a collection event:

- Complete the online form on the police website.

- Clear the firearm of all ammunition and put it and any parts in a safe carry bag.

- Bring the following items to the event: your firearms licence (if applicable), photo identification (driver licence or passport), bank account number, online notification reference number, all prohibited parts (cleared of all ammunition), and any other non-prohibited firearms or parts you wish to hand in to police.

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