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.

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