New Zealand has taken an action to check the activities of terrorists in the nation, banning sale of assault rifles and semi-automatic firearms.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the immediate ban on Thursday, as a muscular response to the Christchurch terror attack that killed 50 people.

“Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons.

“We will also ban all assault rifles,” Ardern said, while announcing interim measures that will stop a rush of purchases before legislation is enacted.

The man charged in the attack had bought 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.

No point Applying

“The effect of this will mean that no one will be able to buy these weapons without a permit to procure from the police. I can assure people that there is no point in applying for such a permit,” she said.

She added that high capacity magazines and devices similar to bump stocks — which make rifles fire faster — will also be banned.

“In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country,” she said.

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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 Thursday, including for a teenager, a youth soccer coach and a Muslim convert who loved connecting with other women at the mosque.

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