New Zealand Bans All Assault Weapons Immediately, Says PM

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

23 Comments on New Zealand Bans All Assault Weapons Immediately, Says PM

  1. Mass shooting events are welcomed by utopian stateists, they use them as pretext to enhance their own power.

  2. Politicians feel compelled to act after a tragic event. Those that are left leaning like this halfwit have the skids greased after something like this as it provides the perfect excuse for what she couldn’t do otherwise. It will solve nothing but will tighten the noose around the public’s neck.
    People so easily fooled will not remain free for long and it’s a near impossibility to get back what was lost.
    It’s the same everywhere, people wanting to control others and force their views on them.
    It’s a shrinking world for those of us that believe in self determination.

  3. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a hoax woman and a hoax massacre go together make a rotten fish stench. How do fired cartridges aimed down a concrete walk by a solid wall disappear into the air with no strikes and no shells falling on the walk? Only by using fake imagery! Because the imagery fraud was exposed, now the imagery is being updated with editing. And that is why it has become so criminal in NZ to have the original video.

    Undeniable Proof: CGI Used in New Zealand Shooting (continuing updates)
    By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor – March 18, 20192426136

  4. ““Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned,” she said.”

    That would be one weapon, because only one semi-automatic weapon was used in the terrorist attack….because that one belonged to the terrorist.

  5. Now that it’s citizens will be helpless anyone else thinking there will be a terrorist attack by islamists as payback in Christchurch?
    This PM just killed the view that New Zealanders are an independent, strong bunch.

  6. And next will be the “right” to criticize the gov’t.
    As night follows day.

    izlamo delenda est …

  7. With the wave of a limp-wristed hand, a nuther Tinkerbell decree puts them one step closer to Totalitarian control while the Terrorists openly laugh because they know that Totalitarian governments hire the sickest bastards on the planet to maintain control over the people. In other words, one day terrorists will be getting a government check to do what they do today!

  8. 37 of an estimated 15,000 have been turned in…….Hmmmmmmm..
    “Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

  9. Maybe they’ll surprise you if some of them heed the warning of the Australians forced to give up theirs, what, 20 years ago?

  10. Why don’t they just make it a crime to massacre people?
    Now they’re gonna have to use machetes like in Rwanda and Burundi?

    Female PM.

    “It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset. Some confounded fact we men have been living contentedly with ever since the day of creation would startup and knock the whole thing over.”

    izlamo delenda est …

  11. So, they’ve “co-existed” with those weapons for a long time. It was only after certain people went to live there that those weapons started to misbehave. Bad weapons!

    The leader of the country wearing a Muslim headdress was infuriating. And I have no doubt Hillary (and Chelsea) would do the same. Thinking about it, Beto would wear one of those robes (dress, IMO) Muslim man wears.

  12. First, this won’t stop a determined terrorist of any stripe from getting the weapons needed to commit a terrible crime. Second, this won’t stop any determined criminal from getting a banned weapon and use it to take your stuff. Third this has disarmed honest citizens who now can’t defend themselves from the criminals in point two. Fourth, a terrorist can spend an hour on the web and learn how to make an efficient and deadly bomb with items purchased from a grocery store, agricultural store and a hardware store. Fifth I’ll bet the Prime Minister got a little damp in her undies when she realized what this attack would allow her to do.

  13. NZ will never round up all the banned rifles. People will hide them in ingenious ways or lose them in unfortunate boating accidents, and there is still the potential for this event to happen again.

    Wouldn’t it be better/cheaper/easier/make-more-sense to ban all the mosques? Just thinking out loud here.

  14. tRuth ~

    Better take a good look at that video again. I can clearly see a few of those cartridges bouncing on the ground near the corner of that wall at the .07 second mark in the film.

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