Firearms Collection Point Announced For Kapiti

In Paraparaumu, the old Whitireia Polytech building at the junction of Kapiti Road and Milne Drive has been identified as the local collection point for the firearms amnesty and buy-back for newly prohibited firearms. The exact postal address is 9, Milne Drive.

The set dates are August 16 and September 27th to 29th. The time of collection on each of those days will be between 10am and 3pm. The collection site will be under armed police security.

Mayor K Gurunathan says: ‘I urge Kapiti residents possessing these now prohibited firearms, or other firearms they no longer wish to be in their possession, to note the time, dates and place and make preparations. 

People are advised not to take the firearms to the front counters of police stations but only to specifically identified collection point.

For Kapiti it’s the old Whitireia building.

The New Zealand Police website has detailed information on how to do this and what to expect. Before going to the collection point you are advised to check this website and complete a notification form. This will speed up the process when you get to the collection site.

Apart from the buy-back of the newly prohibited firearms process there is also an Amnesty option on the possession of prohibited firearms, parts and magazines which will continue till 20 December 2019.

This includes the ability to anonymously hand in any firearms no questions asked. You can also hand in any non-prohibited firearms that you no longer want to keep. The Amnesty option is not covered by payments under the buy-back option. 

The Mayor also says: ‘An anecdotal story to come out of a recent local collection point in Wellington is of an 87 year-old man who surrendered an AK47 which had been in his home for a number of years. Apparently no questions were asked.’

Arms amnesties will result in guns being surrendered – I’ve seen that in Los Angeles – but not from criminals. The idea that making semi-automatic rifles illegal is somehow making NZ safer is nonsense. In L.A. and in most of America, rifles don’t get used much in crimes, the problem is handguns, about 93% of shootings there are with them. Because they’ve fortunately been highly restricted in NZ, the gangs and crims instead cut down 22’s and shotguns. Two mass shootings in NZ in 29 years does not justify the present government’s knee-jerk, heavy handed and ultimately ineffectual ban.

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