NZ Politician Leads Movement Of People Voluntarily Giving Up Their Guns After Terror Attack

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In the wake of the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern almost immediately pledged that the country's gun laws would change, hinting at an outright ban on semi-automatic weapons.

Many in the media expected this to happen, but what is surprising is that a great deal of people are voluntarily giving up their own firearms for destruction, before the new laws have even been implemented.

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Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, John Hart, the farmer and Green Party member from the Wairarapa, revealed that he dropped off his own semi-automatic rifle at the police station earlier this week, with "no questions asked."

Given that the country is currently on a high terror alert, Hart had the foresight to first go in and check on the process before he brought his rifle in there with him. "I didn't want to just rock up with a rifle," he said.

When he returned with the weapon to have it voluntarily confiscated, he said the process was pretty straightforward.

"I literally just signed a form and handed it in," Hart said. He further revealed that those in charge have assured him that the rifle will be destroyed, in a "very strictly controlled" process. Hart later took to Twitter to call upon other semi-automatic rifle owners to do the same and have their guns destroyed.

'Until today I was one of the New Zealanders who owned a semi-automatic rifle. On the farm they are a useful tool in some circumstances, but my convenience doesn’t outweigh the risk of misuse. We don’t need these in our country. We have to make sure it’s #NeverAgain', he tweeted.

He is now pushing for surrender of semi-automatic rifles through legislation.

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Elaborating on what motivated him to take this step, Hart said, "Once you accept that these things can be harmful, in the wrong hands, the trade-off is a small inconvenience. It's not a big deal not having it anymore. I couldn't, in good conscience, say they shouldn't be around if I still had one."

Of course, the counter-argument to this would be that it's only harmful if Hart himself is the "the wrong hands" that he mentioned.

Still, it looks like the push towards an outright ban on semi-automatic weapons is inevitable, since New Zealand's citizens do not have an equivalent to the second amendment, the constitutional right which guarantees American citizens the right to bear arms.

What do you think of this move, folks? Is it a step in the right direction, or is it punishing law-abiding citizens for something they had nothing to do with? Let us know your thoughts in the comments - and please keep it civil!

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