Epoch Times: CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand—Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on March 21 an immediate ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons like the ones used in the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 people.
The man charged in the attack had purchased his weapons legally using a standard firearms license and enhanced their capacity by using 30-round magazines “done easily through a simple online purchase,” she said.
“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned,” she said.
Ardern’s announcement comes less than a week after the killings, as more of the dead were being buried. At least six funerals took place on March 21.
Ardern said she expects the new laws to be in place by April 11 and a buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.
The buyback would cost up to NZ$200 million ($138 million), she said.
All military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles would be banned, along with parts used to convert weapons into MSSAs and all high-capacity magazines.
Under existing New Zealand gun laws, A-category weapons can be semi-automatic but limited to seven shots. The live-streamed video of the gunman in one of the mosques showed a semi-automatic weapon with a large magazine.
Since the mass shooting on March 15, 37 firearms have been voluntarily surrendered out of an estimated 1.2 million civilian-registered guns—1 for every 4 people—in the usually peaceful country, BuzzFeed News reported. According to New Zealand’s Newsroom, it is estimated that 15,000 guns are semi-automatic weapons. more here