Four years after the New Zealand national government banned a sweeping array of legal firearms, including antiques and collectibles, it seems like guns somehow keep popping up. 

Recently, the national police force stationed in the rural Hawke's Bay Region of New Zealand's North Island made two different firearms seizures in separate incidents that left two men charged with multiple firearm-related charges. 

"We hope these arrests provide reassurance to the community that we work hard to keep our communities safe," said Detective Senior Sergeant James Keene of the Eastern District Police. 

The guns seized included a nice lever-action rifle, a break-action shotgun with a "large amount of ammunition" that could still fit in a Puma fanny pack, and a series of homemade guns. 
 

Seized guns in New Zealand
Not going to lie, that's a decent cowboy gun. Sadly, the country in 2019 outlawed all centerfire semi-auto rifles – even lever-action, bolt-action, and pump-action rifles – if they have a capacity of more than 10 cartridges, regardless of if they are chambered in centerfire or rimfire calibers. (Photo: NZ Police)
Seized guns in New Zealand
What constitutes a "large amount of ammunition" in Hawkes Bay. (Photo: NZ Police)
Seized guns in New Zealand
And this. This is just great. Note the homemade MAC-10, the WE Tech G series airsoft gun, and the slam fire shotgun with a spoon welded to the barrel as a foregrip and another (.410?) that uses a rebar grip. Now that's classy. 


New Zealand's 2019 ban on several types of previously legal firearms targeted an estimated 170,000 of the country’s more than 1.2 million legal guns, with virtually no provision for grandfathering. Owners who did not elect to "sell" their often treasured family heirlooms to authorities – sometimes at comparatively paltry pre-set prices – faced a lengthy jail term if they did not comply.

Besides all centerfire semi-auto rifles, the prohibition covered lever-action, bolt-action, and pump-action rifles if they had a capacity of more than 10 cartridges – regardless of if they were chambered in centerfire or rimfire calibers. When it comes to shotguns, pumps and semi-autos capable of holding more than five shells were also banned.

The program cost the government over $100 million in public funds and in the end netted just 56,250 firearms, suggesting widespread non-compliance.

The most popular comments on the agency's recent post about the seized guns included, "So you’re admitting you lost, and gun control is a failure?" and "It looks like gun control's working well and that the gun registry is going to really help with gun crime."

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