Last Year New Zealand Passed Gun Confiscation & Banned ‘Assault Weapons,’ Now Gun Crime Is At A 10-Year High

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New Zealand suffered the worst mass shooting incident in its history when 51 people were killed at mosques in March 2019. As a result, the country codified gun bans and confiscated firearms throughout the country.

The Western Journal reports the gun control legislation included a ban on all “military-style” semi-automatic weapons, including the high-profile “assault rifles.” The country took these weapons from residents via a mandatory “gun buyback.”

New Zealand was intending to use the regulations and restrictions to lower gun-related crime but the opposite occurred.

Just one year later, the country is seeing the highest levels of gun-related crimes it has seen in the past 10 years.

From the Western Journal:

According to figures obtained by Radio New Zealand, “[L]ast year had the highest rates of gun crime and deaths involving firearms for nearly 10 years.”

In 2014, before the implementation of gun control, New Zealand had a gun-related death rate of less than 1 per 1 million people. According to Radio New Zealand, the nation recorded 2.4 gun-related deaths per million people in each of the past two years.

According to the report, the gun bans, buybacks, and confiscations had an adverse effect on gun crime.

“This should not come as much of a surprise,” a Western Journal op-ed says. As, “a 2018 study by two pro-gun-control groups found no observable effect on gun homicides and suicide rates in California that could be linked to gun-control laws in the state.”

The New Zealand case serves as just the latest example of what conservatives in America have been trying to argue against liberal calls for gun restrictions.

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The Western Journal op-ed adds:

Yet these arguments do not deter liberals. Should Joe Biden win the presidency in November, he has promised to make anti-gun extremist Beto O’Rourke his gun-control czar. Liberals would love to implement the same gun-control measures in America that proved ineffective in New Zealand.

In light of the failure of gun-control measures to reduce gun violence in New Zealand, it might make sense for the nation to reconsider its “assault weapons” bans and gun confiscation program. Instead, New Zealand is doubling down on its gun-control efforts.

According to Reuters, New Zealand implemented a gun registry earlier this month. Residents will be required to update the registry as they buy or sell guns.