Buyback nets more than 10,000 weapons and parts in first week

More than 10,000 guns, weapons parts and accessories have now been handed over in the buyback programme. 

The strongest turnout for a single day came on Sunday at Mt Smart Stadium, with more than 400 guns handed in. The first week of collection events has seen more than 3200 firearms handed in, along with nearly 8000 parts and accessories, and more than $6 million paid to owners in compensation.

The Police Minister is heaping praise on officers for their handling of the buyback. Stuart Nash says police put in a lot of work beforehand "to make sure that they mitigated risks, that it had integrity, that it was perceived to be fair". 

"I think the way they've operationalised it is brilliant."

The minister is also commending firearms owners for their co-operation, saying he's heard no reports of gun owners being unhappy with their compensation.

"Firearms owners have been quite surprised at the money they are getting. Even those who have turned up a little bit wary, they have all walked out going, 'Well, that's fair.'"

Stuart Nash says it's a great start, and expects the scheme to pick up steam from here.

"Word will get around that the price offered by the Government is fair compensation, the police are acting in a way which is incredibly professional, the whole system has integrity. So you know, get out there and be part of this." 

The buyback runs until December 20. Anyone still in possession of a banned weapon after then faces prosecution. More than $200 million has been set aside to compensate owners.

The alleged gunman in the Christchurch attack, which inspired the buyback, has pleaded not guilty to 92 charges against him, including terrorism.