New Zealand bans semiautomatic and assault rifles after mass shooting one week ago

March 21, 2019 | Investopaper

Just after one week of mass shooting on two mosques, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has banned military style semi-automatics and assault rifles. The attack on March 15 had cost lives of 50 people.

“On 15 March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place,” Ardern said on Thursday.” All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned.”

Ardern said she expects the new laws on guns and ammunition control  to be made in coming months. For the banned semi-autmatics and assault rifles, a buy back schemes will be implemented.

“I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride,” she further explained. “What we’re banning today are the things that were used in last Friday’s attack.”


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