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Police Buy-back 2021

Police Buy-back 2021

Posted January 22, 2021
Emergency Services

Media Release: NZ Police

Police will be running a buy-back from 1 February 2021 to collect newly prohibited firearms, pistol carbine conversion kits, and associated parts as per regulations which take effect on 1 February 2021.

“The three-month buy-back will be based at Police stations by appointment, with applications for compensation made at the time the items are handed over to Police.

Unlike last year, we won’t be doing any large collection events this time,” says Deputy Commissioner Jevon McSkimming.

“The difference for this buy-back is that we are dealing with a much smaller number of firearms and parts.

We know that because of the types of firearms that have been prohibited this time.

They mainly impact pistols, and those pump action rifles recently manufactured or imported through permit and dealer sales records.

The buy-back will run for three months, so people will need to apply for compensation by 1 May 2021 at a station when handing in their items.

If people have unique items there is a separate process as there was last year and those applications must be made within the first 60 days (by 2 April).

While the buy-back ends on 1 May 2021, the amnesty period will run until 1 August for anybody who still wishes to hand over a prohibited item or pistol carbine conversion kit.

People who want to retain their prohibited items or pistol carbine conversion kits will need to make endorsement and permit applications within 60 days from 1 February.