A prohibited firearms collection event for buy-back and amnesty will be held this weekend in Ōhope.

It will take place from 9am to 1pm Friday to Sunday in Ōhope Hall, Bluett Rd.

Police is supporting firearms owners to hand-in either prohibited firearms or firearms under the amnesty at a local collection event as part of the Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Parts and Magazines) Amendment Act 2019.

"We want to ensure these changes are as accessible and easy to navigate as possible," Andy McGregor, Bay of Plenty district commander, said.

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"Ultimately we hope to never again see the kind of harm that we know these types of firearms are capable of causing.

"It's about doing the right thing for the safety of all New Zealand."

Police will run a number of local collection events until the buy-back and amnesty period ends on December 20, 2019.

Please note that if you have more than 10 firearms, or your firearm can be modified to make it non-prohibited, please don't come to a collection event.

Instead, complete the police's online notification form on its website.

"Safety is crucial, so before coming to an event, owners must clear firearms of all ammunition and put them and any parts in a safe carry bag," McGregor said.

"To speed up the process at events, owners need to complete the online form on the police website prior to coming to the event – including listing each firearm and/or each individual part they are bringing along."

Police ask people to also bring the following with them:
• Your firearms licence (if applicable)
• Photo identification (drivers licence or passport)
• Your bank account number
• Your online notification reference number
• All your prohibited parts, cleared of all ammunition
• Any other non-prohibited firearm/s or parts you wish to hand-in to Police.
• A valuation if you believe your firearm fits the unique prohibited criteria

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For more information visit the police's website or call 0800 311 311.