New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles.
Making the annoucement, Jacinda Ardern said, ‘I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles’. She announced the interim measures that will stop a rush of purchases before legislation on the measures takes effect. 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 will be banned in this country. Anyone who keeps the guns after an amnesty period will face fines of up to NZUSD 4,000 and three years in jail. Ms Ardern brushed aside suggestions of opposition to the ban. The vast majority of New Zealanders will support this change.