As 2020 Dems Propose Mass Buyback of Guns, New Zealand’s Couldn’t Be Going Worse

Democrats praised New Zealand when they announced their mandatory gun buyback, but a recent report shows the program is a disaster.

Following the horrific mosque shootings that left more than 50 dead, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a mandatory gun buyback program. The mandate called for all gun owners — with the exception of some specific economic groups, such as farmers — turn over all semi-automatic “military style” weapons to the government.

At the time, Democrats praised Ardern’s leadership on gun confiscation. As IJR previously reported, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her fellow Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) praised the decision and called on the United States to do the same thing.

Several 2020 Democrats have joined Sanders in supporting a large scale gun buyback and ban on “military-style” weapons.

  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) vowed to use executive action to target gun sales within her first 100 days in office.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) agreed to implement a “no-fly, no-buy” policy for those on the no-fly list.
  • Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke promised a ban on the sale of new AR-15s.
  • Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) proposed the requirement of a “gun licenses” to own a gun.

The most extreme gun proposal came from Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), who proposed a mandatory gun buyback on “military style” weapons, just like New Zealand. As IJR previously reported, Swalwell even announced that gun owners who refused to participate would go to prison.

Swalwell may want to check out how things are going in New Zealand before he gets too excited.

According to a new report from the Washington Post, only 700 of the estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million firearms in New Zealand have been turned over to authorities.

Gun owners have until December 20 before it becomes a crime to own the weapons, but many are waiting it out in hopes that some laws will change in the meantime. Activists have vowed to take the issue to the courts through a class action lawsuit against the government of New Zealand.

They’re hoping they can sue on grounds that the buyback is an unfair confiscation of property because the buyback rates are so low that some owners would receive only 30% of the market price for their weapons.

But money isn’t the only reason gun owners aren’t turning over their weapons.

Paul Clark, the owner of New Zealand Ammunition, told the Radio New Zealand that he could see this leading to a “revolution,” which is clearly a worst-case scenario. Clark later noted that he was not calling for violence, but the tension between gun owners and the government is clear.

Mike Clement, New Zealand Police’s deputy commissioner of national operations, told The Washington Post, “We urge people to stay calm.”

Despite the clear evidence that the buyback is a disaster, that hasn’t slowed down Ardern. She’s proposing even stricter requirements for the non-military-style weapons that have not yet been confiscated, including a national gun registry and a “more comprehensive vetting process” for those who wish to own firearms.

Many conservatives took to Twitter to mock the buyback for failing, as many expected.

It remains unclear if the struggles in New Zealand will deter any of the 2020 Democrats from pursuing a large scale buyback.

Published in IJR Red


  1. How can it be called a Buy-back when the Government never owned them in the first place…It’s not a buy-back it’s extortion

  2. They will be pulling guns out of the dead hands of many if they continue with this!! Read the Constitution of the United States!!! The Second Amendment was written just for this occasion. They are just looking for trouble! Are they so arrogant that they really want another Revolutionary War? Seriously??

  3. I’m selling my guns to the government right after I shove them up their ass and fill the barrel with their rhetoric shit. Only an idiot would give up their guns. Foreign governments know that Americans are heavily armed and willing to fight and that keeps them from being dumb enough to invade our soil. Also, how can these dumbass Democrats buy back guns when they have no idea how many are out there. They must not know what a ghost gun is. We used to call them “drop guns”. Anyone who’s not afraid to defend themselves, family, and their homes know what a drop gun is.

  4. The anti-gun people as well as Antifa have yet to see the American patriots and when they do there will be no more of the BS.

  5. D-RATs love Socialism.
    Socialism is dangerous!
    D-RATs are dangerous.

  6. What exactly is a “military-style” weapon? Does it mean anything that has bullets?

  7. Free Men Have Guns….Slaves Do Not….
    DemocRATs are TRYING to INSLAVE U.S.

  8. Who knows what these ill informed really believe. They are major panderers hoping to garner the anti gun vote. It will never happen. The legal gun owners are not the problem. As long as the illegal, street gun sales go on and on, control is not going to happen.

  9. Punish all for the crime of one – not justice.

  10. Democrats see us as their property, livestock if you will. But even a favorite pet will bite you if you jerk its leash long enough and hard enough. Looks like free people everywhere have learned what the Axis powers did to armed citizens. Australians seem to have been the really smart ones who handed over only a small percentage of their firearms and today, more than 25 years later, they have more privately owned firearms than at any time in their history. Apparently, the Kiwis see no need for such nonsense or even small talk, e.g., molon labe. They ignored the orders and kept quiet.

    All over the U.S., politicians have threatened armed citizens and passed all sorts of complicated laws that prohibit bayonet lugs, thumb holes, muzzle brakes and even ventilated barrel shrouds. About 80 percent of those affected have sworn brazen disobedience and revolution. Venezuelans are throwing rocks at Maduro’s army. Many methods from which to choose but eventually, as history has proven, Hitler and Mussolini paid the ultimate price. Hirohito got off easy with two atomic bombs. We’re just now hearing Canadian rumblings. I wonder what would be in store for President Swalwell or Newsom.

    1. Swalwell would not live two months in his term, if elected.

  11. The Democrats seem to want a 2nd civil war, if they keep going in this direction they may get what they wish for. This is not a southern/northern thing, this is American Rights thing. Americans DON’T like to be told what to do.

  12. It’s getting to the point where “legal immigrants and American citizens” might want to protect themselves against socialist democrats!

  13. What program are they going to use to take guns out of the hands of criminals?

    1. That’s the problem Australia can’t solve with its anti-gun laws hitting law abiding people

    2. Fast and Furious 2.0 : just as effective as the first and twice as expensive probably.

  14. The day that I’m assured no bad guys have guns, makes me want to stock up my arsenal even more!!!!


  16. Yeah….ok…go to west va, texas, kentucky, virginia, montana, north and sourh carolina…. or the like….tell ’em you’re there to take their guns.
    See how well that plays out.
    “Come to take mine…you better bring yours”

    Molon Labe

  17. Sanders always looks like the monkey in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The monkey was smarter and less dangerous.

  18. ‘Buying back’ by anyone except a retailer or a former owner would be specious, if not criminal

  19. Looks like they need a revolution to install a Constitutional republic. Protect the rights of the people. If the Dems try it here, the same should happen. Then, ship out all the Democrats to whatever country they want to go to.

  20. The Dumbocrats are treed and the hounds are baying. Their desperation will undoubtedly illicit more radical insanity shortly.

  21. They just don’t “Get any Smarter” ! . . . STUPID is STUPID, there’s “No Gray Area” !. If New Zealand doesn’t watch it, they could be looking at a CIVIL WAR of their own doing ! . . . personally, I don’t see it as a “Bad Thing” !, its about time that they finally BREAK the “British Yoke”, that’s been around their neck for so long !.

    1. Liberals always turn back to the abuses the British used on the Colonials until the revolution and the Constitution. Democrats are reverting to those same abuses here. Time for them to go.

  22. She is a stupid woman, an appeaser and a fool. She did not demonstrate leadership. She demonstrated weakness and idiocy with her ridiculous, reactionary, capitulating appeasement with her blatant, horrific Muslim ass-kissing. And “her” people are letting her know in no uncertain terms. Hopefully this stupid woman will be replaced at the next election. The beautiful country of New Zealand needs a strong leader–NOT a strong capitulator!

  23. Of course NZ’s example won’t deter the 24 American Idio…Democrats currently vying for the nomination.

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