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Amnesty collection points net around 200 firearms

Close to 200 illegal firearms were handed in at the four amnesty collections in Tairawhiti.

The collection in Tolaga Bay on Saturday netted 15 guns and a further eight were surrendered in Ruatoria on Sunday.

The Gisborne collection drew 154 and there were 19 at Nuhaka.

“We are really impressed with the uptake of the buyback project in Tairawhiti,” said acting Senior Sergeant Cory Ubels.

“It was well worth the trip to this district and the people who came to see us were very good to deal with.

“The general feeling among our customers was they were disappointed to have to hand them in but they accepted they had to.

“They were also pleasantly surprised at the value of their firearms through the buyback scheme.”

Acting Snr Sgt Ubels said the money for the guns would be credited to their bank accounts within 10 working days.

“The firearms surrendered were made inoperable on the spot.”

Guns surrendered included shotguns, .22 calibre rifles, .223 calibre semi-automatic rifles and some military-style semi-automatic rifles.

There were also close to 60 bags of illegal accessories surrendered.

“We had a few people bring their firearms into the Gisborne police station thinking they had missed out,” he said.

“So we intend to run another collection, in Gisborne on October 3 from 2pm-6pm, again at the Cosmopolitan Club. It will be just in Gisborne city.

“Anyone else in the district who wants to take advantage of the amnesty and the buyback should not worry. They can do so then.”

Acting Snr Sgt Ubels reminded the public that the amnesty also applied to stolen firearms, that could be surrendered “no questions asked”.