New Zealand’s parliament has voted to ban every type of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the city attacks.
The gun reform bill passed 119-1 once the ultimate reading in parliament.It is expected to become law among consecutive few days once receiving royal assent from the governor.
PM Jacinda Ardern proclaimed changes to the law once fifty individuals were killed last month by a suspected lone gunman at 2 mosques in city.Holding back tears, she told parliament on Wednesday that they were there “because of the victims and families”. She aforementioned that once she visited the lac in hospital none of them had only one gunfire wound
“They can carry disabilities for a period and that is before you concentrate on the psychological impact,” she said.”These weapons were designed to kill, and that they were designed to wound which is what they did on the fifteenth of March,” Ms Ardern told MPs. Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, faces 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges.
What will change and how soon?
“Six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand,” Ms Ardern said in a news conference last month.
“Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.”An amnesty has been imposed so the owners of affected weapons can hand them in, followed by a buy-back scheme.
Ms Ardern said the buy-back could cost up to NZ$200m ($138m; £104m), but “that is the price that we must pay to ensure the safety of our communities”.The prime minister has called the Christchurch attacker a terrorist and said she will not utter his name.
The gunman, armed with semi-automatic rifles including an AR-15, is believed to have modified his weapons with high-capacity magazines – the part of the gun which stores ammunition – so they could hold more bullets.