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New Zealand is all set to ban military style semi-automatic and assault rifles under new gun laws. The decision comes following the killing of 50 people in the country’s worst mass shooting after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.
Ardern said she wants the new laws to be in place by April 11.
Those who already and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.
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.”
A gunman armed with semi-automatic rifles including an AR-15, last Friday killed 50 people in two mosque attacks in Christchurch.
Neighbouring Australia had banned semi-automatic weapons and launched a gun buy-back after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were killed.
The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur and has been used in a number of high-profile U.S. mass shootings.
Ardern said that like Australia, the new laws will allow for strictly enforced exemptions for farmers to conduct pest control and animal welfare.
“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.”