Here in yUK the gubmint did that to us - TWICE.I prefer "confiscation with reimbursement". Taking off all the soft edges reveals it for what it is.
This is what registration is about, I mean -- it's obvious to everyone here, but it might be worth pointing out to people who aren't gun owners and on the fence -- imagine if something was made illegal overnight -- your car for example. Registration is about nothing other than confiscation:
But Yasbek pointed out that some of the banned weapons, including AR-15 rifles, fall into Category “A” in the New Zealand licensing system, which means they were not required to be registered in police databases and as such will be impossible to trace.
“These weapons are unlikely to be confiscated by police because they don’t know of their existence,” ...