New Zealand Bans Assault Weapons Following Christchurch Massacre


Following the terrorist attack that took place at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country will ban the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic guns. The announcement, which was made on Thursday, comes only six days after a gunman killed 50 people during Friday Prayer on March 15. It was the nation’s deadliest mass shooting.

“Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Ardern continued: “We will ban all high-capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon. We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close to automatic gunfire. In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country.”

The legislation is expected to be ready by April 11. Ardern also said that a buy-back program will be put into place for the newly banned weapons.

Source: Complex News

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