Wellington - Police in New Zealand received more than 2 000 semi-automatic firearms at government gun buyback events held over the weekend after the country banned certain weapons following the deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch in March.
"Momentum is slowly starting to build as community collection events are held across the entire country," Police Minister Stuart Nash said in a statement on Sunday evening.
Police have held a total of 25 buyback events over the past week.
"Provisional figures show 2,143 firearms owners have participated since the buyback got underway, handing in 3,275 firearms, 7,827 prohibited parts and accessories, and receiving payments of 6.2 million New Zealand dollars (4.2 million US dollars) in compensation," he said.
"I've lost a friend in the events in Christchurch and I don't see the reason why we should be allowed guns like this," Auckland man Farooq Kassibawi told Radio New Zealand in a story published on Monday.