New Zealand authorities have said their country will be a safer place after owners handed in more than 50,000 guns during a buyback programme following a ban on assault weapons.
The government banned the most lethal types of semi-automatic weapons less than a month after a gunman killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques in March.
Police then launched a six-month programme to buy the newly banned weapons from owners.
The buyback ended at midnight on Friday, with gun collection events staying open late as police reported in a last-minute surge.
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The ban on assault weapons was strongly backed by legislators in a historic 119-1 vote after the mosque attacks.
Police figures indicate the government paid just over 100m New Zealand dollars (£50m) to compensate owners during the buyback. »