Military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned under stronger new gun laws announced today.
What that means in laymen terms:
As will two types of firearms now defined as Military Style Semi-Automatics (MSSAs):
· A semi-automatic firearm capable of being used with a detachable magazine which holds more than five cartridges
· A semi-automatic shotgun capable of being used with a detachable magazine which holds more than five cartridges.
· All high-capacity magazines will also be banned.
Jacinda said, “Cabinet agreed to overhaul the law when it met on Monday, 72 hours after the horrific terrorism act in Christchurch. Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand.
“Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.
“An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme. Further details will be announced on the buyback in due course.”
“Legislation to give effect to the ban will be introduced when Parliament sits in the first week of April. We will provide a short, sharp Select Committee process for feedback on the technical aspects of the changes. We are looking to progress the amendments to this legislation under urgency and expect these amendments to the Arms Act to be passed within the next session of Parliament,” Jacinda Ardern said.
The Opposition backs the ban and National Party Simon Bridges says the terrorist attack in Christchurch last week has changed New Zealand as a nation.
Federated Farmers a lobbying group agreed there was no need for military style semiautomatic rifles in general public ownership.
Source: NZ Herald
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