NZ to ban all military style weapons
2019-03-21 at 12:52
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand will ban all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks.
The announcement comes less than a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques, allegedly by a lone gunman.
Ardern said she expected new legislation to be in place by 11th April, saying: “Our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too.”
An amnesty and a buy-back scheme is being imposed so the owners of affected weapons could hand them in.
Ardern said the buy-back could cost up to NZ$200m but that was the price that they must pay to ensure the safety of their communities.
The lone gunman, armed with semi-automatic rifles including an AR-15, is believed to have modified his weapons with high-capacity magazines.
Ardern said measures had also been introduced to prevent gun stockpiling before the law changes.
As of today several weapons have been reclassified as military style semi-automatic firearms; making them harder to buy.