New Zealand has banned all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles.
Speaking, the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that weapons will be banned under stronger new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country’s worst mass shooting.
PM Ardern said: “Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned.”
This includes a ban on larger magazines and modifications which would cover every type of weapon used in last Friday’s mosque shootings.
Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.
“Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand,” Ardern said
“Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.”
Ardern says the alleged shooter killed most of the 50 people with two legally purchased semi-automatic rifles modified with 30+ round magazines
Recall , a lone gunman armed with semi-automatic rifles including an AR-15, last Friday killed 50 people in two mosque attacks in Christchurch.
Also, Australia has banned semi-automatic weapons and launched a gun buy-back after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were gunned down.
The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur and has been used in a number of high-profile U.S. mass shootings.