SYDNEY - New Zealand has held its first public fire-arms collection event in Christchurch Saturday as part of the government's response to the city's mosque shootings in March. Ownership of the types of high-powered weapons used in the attacks that killed 51 people has been restricted.
There were long lines at a racecourse in Christchurch as gun-owners waited to hand in weapons that are now illegal. It is the first of more than 250 buy-back events that will be held across New Zealand. The police expect that tens of thousands of guns will be surrendered, although the exact number is unknown.
Semi-automatic weapons were outlawed following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that left 51 people dead. The government said the law would remove the most dangerous guns from the community.
Source: Voice of America