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The New Zealand government paid gun owners $288,000 for their weapons after semi-automatic ban in the wake of the Christchurch shootings

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  • New Zealand officials said the first of more than 250 planned gun buyback events was a success.
  • The buyback events were launched after the government banned certain types of semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch shootings.
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Dozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics.

Police said they paid more than 430,000 New Zealand dollars ($288,000 USD) to 169 gun owners during the event. The money was paid directly into the bank accounts of gun owners.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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