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

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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.

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Matthew Jacobs

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

Judi Moore

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??


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… Read more »

Tom Bodine

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.


I think there may soon be “Cold. Dead. Fingers.” flags flying in NZ.

william jackson

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


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


Free Men Have Guns….Slaves Do Not….





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