How to bankrupt and disarm a country in one hit:
“The cost of New Zealand’s buyback scheme for newly banned semi-automatic weapons could balloon to $500 million, according to the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO).
That figure is more than double what the Government has estimated.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the ban yesterday, in direct response to the Christcurch mosques terror attack.
Nicole McKee of COLFO said their estimate for all semi-automatics “across the board in New Zealand…would be somewhere around $500 million”.
The Government’s official estimate is up to $200 million.
Military style semi-automatics can cost from $200 to more than $10,000 and there are at least 15,000 registered in New Zealand, according to police figures.
However, other firearms can be modified to reach the same firepower.
The Prime Minister yesterday said “we are very much in the dark as to how many of these are in circulation”.
Like Australia, New Zealand is essentially going to bribe 250,000 firearm owners to give up their personal property for a crime they didn’t commit and threaten them with gaol time if they do not comply.
We all know how government financial estimates work out. How are the Kiwis going to pay for this? There’s only one thing and that is raising taxes, much like Howard raised the Medicare levy to pay for his confiscation.
It cost Australia nearly $600 million for the same exercise in collectivist punishment and there are now more firearms in circulation in Australia than ever before, and a massive black market. The fact that there is no registration on most categories of firearms in NZ and that the PM has no idea how many firearms are out there, just further proves what a blatant farce of an exercise in civilian disarmament this whole thing is.
A huge black market awaits.
Hand nothing in.
I agree… Hand NOTHING in.
I am hoping beyond hope that the Kiwis will set the example that Australia could not and refuse to comply with the dictatorial demands of a government that cares nothing about the rights of constituents. Australians lined up like obedient little sheep and did what they were told. I am hoping that the Kiwis extend the middle finger of diplomacy in the direction of those who make the demands.