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Nearly 20,000 guns returned as part of buyback scheme

Nearly 20,000 guns and almost 74,000 gun parts have been handed back police so far under the Government's buyback scheme.

Source: 1 NEWS

In the most recent tally, 19,837 guns and 74,000 parts have been handed in by 12,621 people nationwide.

Around $37 million has been paid out to gun owners in return for the firearms.

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A total of 1055 prohibited firearms were handed in at events across the country. Source: 1 NEWS

The buyback scheme comes after the March 15 Christchurch terrorist attack, in which 51 people died.

Currently, only 2500 of the country's E-category firearms have been handed back as part of the amnesty scheme.

Police have since warned the owners of the guns that there are only a few months to hand them back, but it's possible the amnesty could be extended.