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Gunpowers in New Zealand are angry at a state plan to buy back now illegal firearms and magazines that were banned by a mass shooter in March, killing dozens of worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch.
Details of the plan were released on Thursday at a press conference in the capital, Wellington, after the country's law of arms was amended in April to ban most military semi-automatic magazines holding more than five rounds of ammunition and gun parts as .g. Special sights and silencers.
The new law allows gun owners until September 30 to hand over prohibited firearms and accessories to licensed dealers or police.
However, the Council of Authorized Firearms Owners or COLFO, a Firearms Defense Team similar to the US-based National Rifle Association, has opposed the changes and referred to its website for the Government's "knee response" to Christchurch shootings.
The organization has threatened legal action against the government for what is stated, unfair prices are offered to now illegal firearms.
"Some of the prices offered higher than firearms are far from kilter," said Nicole McKee, a spokesman for the Council, by New Zealand Herald as said.
McKee said gun Owners are "angry and they are frustrated" because the government has rejected a promise not to "tear us away."
"They said they would pay full value. They are not, and 250,000 [firearms license holders] are beginning to feel ripped," she said.
The proposed repurchase scheme covers 300 weapons. It gives a percentage of the value of firearms based on their age and condition "as advised by New Zealand firearm experts before the law change." The payment varies from 95% of the prescribed value to weapons in "near or near new" state to 25% for firearms in poor or useless condition. For gun parts, including silencers, open sights and custom triggers, buybacks are offered 70% of the base price for new or used and 25% if in poor condition.
COLFO is also opposed to the government not compensating gun sellers for the money they are likely to lose in withdrawals. Retailers can cash in existing stocks, but they will get the same government prize for firearms that individuals get.
"Component prices are terrible robbery", David Tipple, who owns a gun shop where the Christchurch shooter bought weapons, [1 9459033] Herald says.
Tipple says he expects to lose "tens of thousands of dollars" in withdrawals. Still, he calls on owners to hand over their illegal weapons.
"We want them to comply with them," he said. "Let's get them paid quickly so we can get compliance. No one wants a black market."