New Zealand ban military-style semi-automatic guns aftermath a white supremacist rampaged through two mosques in Christchurch, shooting at people as they prayed, sparking global revulsion and national outrage.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said,that government to introduce a buyback scheme inspired by Australia’s 1996 policy. On March 15 our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place,”she said.
Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons. The buyback would cost up to NZ$200 million about $138 million.
“To owners who have legitimate uses for their guns, I want to reiterate that the actions being announced today are not because of you, and are not directed at you. Our actions, on behalf of all New Zealanders, are directed at making sure this never happens again.
“I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride.”
The ban includes military-style assault rifles, high-capacity magazines and tools to modify firearms, and the arms “will be categorized as weapons with an E-class endorsement” until legislation formally passes.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist who was living in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island, has been charged with murder following the attack.
He was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5, when police said he was likely to face more charges.