New Zealand Bans Sales Of Assault Rifles
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.
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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