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After Multiple Reports About New Zealanders Turning In Guns, Guess How Many Actually Did It?


Following reports that a flood of New Zealand gun owners have been voluntarily surrending their firearms in the wake of last Friday’s Christchurch mosque attack that left 50 dead, the numbers are in on how many Kiwis actually handed over their weapons.


Out of an estimated 1.2 million registered guns, New Zealand police report that as of Tuesday night, 37 firearms have been surrendered nationwide, according to BuzzFeed.

No accounting was provided of how many people owned those guns, the types of firearms, or where they were surrendered.

The reports of citizens disarming themselves come after a Monday announcement by Prime minister Jacinda Ardern that several “in principle decisions” on gun control have been made by Cabinet ministers, and has praised residents who have surrendered their guns to police.

So far, we know of four people who have; Green Party member John Hart and longtime gun owner “@SirWB” – who each turned in a rifle, a grandmother who goes by the Twitter handle “@FeyHag” who said she requested for her family’s guns to be handed in for destruction, and former New Zealand Army soldier Pete Breidahl – who said he warned local police of extremists at a local rifle club where he said he suspected the shooter was a member.

“All I want is to go back to my horses, say goodbye to firearms and the bullshit shooting community and its drama and let the police and government sort this one out,” wrote Breidahl in a Facebook post. “I don’t NEED, want or care about guns. I can happily live my life without them.”

Most reports cited three tweets, including that of John Hart, a farmer and Green Party member from Wairarapa, who told BuzzFeed News he surrendered his semiautomatic rifle two days after the attack.

He tweeted a photo of the form he signed to hand over his rifle to the police to be destroyed, saying, “We don’t need these in our country. We have to make sure it’s #NeverAgain.” –BuzzFeed

Ardern asked residents to surrender their weapons on Monday.

“To make our community safer, the time to act is now,” she said. “I want to remind people, you can surrender your gun to the police at any time. In fact I have seen reports that people are in fact already doing this. I applaud that effort, and if you are thinking about surrendering your weapon, I would encourage you to do so.

Looks like that was wishful thinking on the part of the Prime Minister.

National Rifle Association of New Zealand president Malcolm Dodson (ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF)

via zerohedge


  1. Law abiding citizens and gun owners are not the ones committing the crimes. Criminals will use guns, knives, cars, anything they need to carry out their deranged ideas or fantasies. What item will be banned next?

        • First they banned smoking in the eating area..bar only, then they banned smoking at the bar.Smoke outside , then they said no smoking within fifty feet. First they demanded everyone registered their weapons, then they banned magazines of over ten rounds, then they ….they do whatever their want one cut at a time.

          • Welcome to the Democratic party, the only people dumb enough to disarm good citizens so criminals are the only ones with guns. Wow and yes you can’t smoke but they will give you antidepressants.

          • Smoking is a very poor analogy, considering that smoking violates the rights of non-smokers to breathe clean-er air! Banning smoking happened because the majority of smokers refused to show any consideration to those who don’t smoke, it was “confirmed” that it and second-hand smoke causes cancer and other ailments, and because it caused even worse effects on children and people who suffer from respiratory illnesses. Owning a gun, in itself, harms NO ONE and doesn’t violate anyone else’s rights! By the way, all of my firearms are well behaved and have never shot anyone or anything on their own!

    • There was an individual here trying to burn kids on a bus by starting the seats on fire. The story now is Democrat’s here want to register or ban fire lol.

    • You are right, Raven. It is the criminals, not the law abiding citizens, who use many ways to kill Tracking guns from law abiding citizens will not stop the Murderers. Look at Chicago. Gun control does not stop criminals.

    • Death to Islam! No muslims in government! No muslims in law enforcement! No muslims period! LET LIBERALS REST THEIR WEARY NECKS ON THE SWORD OF ISLAM!

      • Tim McVeigh fulfilled his rage against the U.S. government for the massacre of people and children at Waco, TX, with a massive bomb made from fertilizer. Uhh, folks, you cannot ban weapons, because they can be made from almost anything. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”, remember? What this country’s government and courts must do is repent their degenerate and evil ways. We no longer even vaguely resemble our founder’s – in their faith or their vision for the United States. REPENT! Make America Great Again!

        • To answer you question of why conservatives can’t rest their weary necks of the sword of Islam, is because conservatives are kind, caring, loving, compassionate, giving individuals that will fight the evils of Islam even if people like you support a vile and twisted way of life. We will protect women against being stoned to death and innocent people from being beheaded. We value the women of America and will not let Islam defame them. You can still support Islam if you desire because America allows even the most ignorant to voice their opinion.

      • Good one Dan Winwright!! If anything needs to be expelled from this country it’s illegal immigrants and muslims in particular……legal or not!!!

    • Beto’s fantasy is to run children over with his car.
      He should be made to turn in his car.
      Fear the government that wants to take your guns away and leave you unprotected. Hitler said we’ll keep you safe if you turn in your guns. It never ends well.

    • On September 11, 2001, terrorists used three jet airliners to kill approximately 3,000 people. Does this mean that Boeing is criminally liable for damages? They built the planes! (Some stupid court recently ruled that Remington could be sued for making firearms whose end-users used them to commit crimes.) Where does leftist idiocy end?

  2. Don’t worry new Zealand, the “police” and the “government” will indeed “TAKE CARE OF YOU”, if you disarm. (just like HITLER DID after disarming law-abiding JEWS.
    Better study your history to see what happens to the UNARMED CITIZENS when countries disarms all the law-abiding. (that is IF you can find an “unchanged” history book.
    NEVER give up your GUNS that are the ONLY protection against CRIMINALS (that never turn “theirs” in) and a “government” bent on TYRANNY.
    Wise up before you are “used, abused, or “ELIMINATED” by you own “government”

  3. Kiwis who have acquitted themselves well in wars brought upon them will not willingly give up their arms that they know keep them safe from enemies foreign and domestic! The ban guns crowd always go after the law abiding gun owners but never ban the criminals who ignore their useless and harmful laws!

    • When only criminals have guns, it will serve a primary purpose of the Democrap communist agenda; it will have people so afraid to walk out their door -even to go to work- they will be very obedient of the communist demands! The criminals will in effect be the communists’ SS troops!
      Of course with guaranteed income they won’t need to work! I wonder how far $5 a week will go toward groceries & that new car?!

  4. Typical reporting – always has been this way – if there is a demonstration of 12 make it 1200 so it “sells” better ! Note how TV demonstrations are “cropped” and many times you never see a wide shot. So, the fact that less than 100 guns were turned in ( I’m being generous since it can work the other way in a biased article like this one ) it’s still a small number. I know it sounds cold but think
    about it – in America we have around 340,000,000 people. In the last 3-5 years we have had about
    that many major shootings which involved around 5 people out of 340 million. Not one talks about the fact that around a hundred people die in car wrecks every DAY ! Why is that ? A car it seems to me is far more likely to kill someone than a gun ?

  5. That gun will be the only thing to save your life from a bad guy with a gun.
    Had anoe in the church had one, those 50 People would be alive & the criminal would be dead.
    Think about it. Or…a govt gone rogue.

  6. There are big differences between New Zealand and the USA when it comes to guns:
    1) We have the Second Amendment to the Constitution; they have NO such protection for gun owners or gun ownership. Their government can demand that gun owners surrender their weapons, and all the gun owners can do is comply OR break the law (and accept whatever penalties the government decides to impose on lawbreakers).
    2) They have a parliamentary style government, in which the party that won the last election is in TOTAL control of legislating until the next time the people vote (generally 5 years, but it CAN be less). The opposition party has no say in what the government does, and no capacity to alter legislation the government may propose. In other words, it’s an ELECTED DICTATORSHIP. (Note: Hitler came to power in Germany by winning one election, too.)

    • Actually, Hitler came to power when, as the leader of the National Socialists, he was appointed Chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg. Hindenburg later died of natural causes (he was an old man), and Hitler, being the opportunist, “stepped up” to fill the vacancy of the Presidency, then consolidated both offices into one, calling himself “the Leader” (or “der Fuhrer” in German). He then (probably) arranged the burning of the Reichstag building, blamed the communists, and asked the Reichstag (who met in a temporary building) for Emergency Powers. They passed the “Enabling Act of 1933” and the rest is history.


  8. Does anyone REALLY THINK that the good people turning in their guns is going to make the evil, unstable and mentally challenged people turn them in because their Government told them to?????

  9. This talk of everyone in NZ turning in their guys is a myth dreamed up by the liberal globalists to try and convince the weak minded to surrender their only personal defense unless they have a big dog impervious to an attacker’s bullet! This is rubbish. This trash reporting is what the MSM loves to appease the left! Next will be their knives , like the UK SOBs. All they need then is for somebody to start attacking the homes of those who surrendered their weapons and the plan is complete. The sheep are in their pen!

  10. Common sense has been subdued by emotional reaction. Exactly what has been planned by the Globalist cabal. Disarm and control. One by one all sovereign nations are being quietly invaded and overcome. You have been informed, stay vigilant, vet and vote accordingly. WWG1WGA

  11. Just one concealed-carry CITIZEN, with even a 22, could have saved perhaps dozens of lives from this illegal, gun carrying NON-CITIZEN.

  12. If you are a criminal you will always be able to get a gun, but for those of us, who are law-abiding citizens it is a lot more difficult; and for the government to ask us to give up our rights to pacify them is a little STUPID to say the least. WE are NOT the ones, who would do something like THAT….
    We only have the guns to protect ourselves and our loved ones……..

  13. This propaganda doesn’t work after the gun confiscation in Australia and the out of hand rise in crime there, besides Australia is named “New China” on Chinese maps, what do you think that indicates?

  14. Funny, no one seems to have any reports of criminals turning in their firearms. Wonder why? When we surrender our guns, we leave only those who don’t care about the law, in the first place, having guns. Then where is our safety? The police cannot stop the shootings now while hundreds, if not thousands, of crimes are thwarted by armed citizens, each year. Wake Up People, the gun is not the problem. It is the culture which values only what the individual wants and no one else, that is the problem.

  15. world histpry is not taught in schools, you need to get a book and read about the 1930,s in germany that will hopefully open your eyes why gun owners will not give up guns

  16. The liberal NAZI demoncrat commie party don’t give a crap about you! just want to take away your guns! Wake up patriots before it’s too late! Keep our country from becoming another commie shit hole!

  17. No worry..the Chicoms will chose your leaders for you when they arrive. Sadly, the leaders the Chicoms will pick will be a carbon copy of what you have now.

  18. BANNED SMOKING was a great thing……….Whereas those idiots that want to ban guns are nothing more than empty headed nut jobs……They want to take away any protection we have against those border jumping illegals that kill, rape, and rob………..In addition to getting school kids hooked on drugs………..

    Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

  19. Whats gonna happen when all the guns are gone except for the crime lords , drug dealers and rapists and so on?? Guess the people just have to stand and watch it all happen. CHAOS RULES AGAIN. I also guess these people in the world liked HITLER, MUSSOLINI < GENGIS KAHN and so on.

  20. Those who would surrender their freedoms for a little bit of security deserve neither freedom nor security. When will people learn that lesson?

  21. Another government using a terrorist idiot’s motives to take away any guns that can & will be used to stop a country from being taken over by a tyrannical socialist government, or from any other outside country trying to invade their sovereignty.

  22. The first move of any brewing dictator, and of all well meaning fools, is to remove all weapons of self defense from all citizens. Hitler, Stalin, El Duce etc.

  23. I know this is about gun control. But can anyone tell me what a Christchurch mosque is. Do they follow the Bible, the Quoran, or did they write a new book?Do they worship God, Jesus, Allah or do they have a new god? What law do they follow the ones in the Bible, the Quoran or did they make new laws? They have me confused. Help!

    • Linda: Muslims worship in a mosque and follow the Quran. They worship Allah. They follow the laws of New Zealand, just like Protestant New Zealanders.

  24. There must be a Criminal Lobby. They want to have guns taken away from decent, honest citizens. When the citizens no longer have guns, the Criminal Lobby will be happy. Oh, we already have this. They now call themselves The Democrat Party!

    • Only 37 stupid people turned in their guns ON THE FIRST DAY! And that probably understates the actual number. Of course, New Zealanders weren’t turning in ALL their guns, only their assault-style weapons.

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