New Zealand bans semi-automatic, assault rifles after mass shooting

Mike Salvesen works in his yard on his farm at Mt Somers outside Christchurch New Zealand

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced that the government was immediately banning sales of what New Zealand calls military style semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines like the weapons used in last Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques.

A police spokesperson admitted police had made a mistake.

Anyone who keeps the guns after an amnesty period will face fines of up to United States dollars 4,000 and three years' in jail. "I don't have a need for them and very few do".

There could be legal exemptions to the ban, such as for pest controllers, but Ardern said any exemptions would be "tightly regulated".

"She's come across confident when needed, sympathetic when needed and she's said pretty much what most people were thinking".

Ardern said people could hand over their guns under an amnesty while officials develop a formal buyback scheme, which could cost up to 200 million New Zealand dollars ($140 million).

Recreational hunting of deer, pigs, and goats is popular for sport and food, while gun clubs and shooting ranges dot the country.

Asked about the people who illegally hold military-style semi-automatic, she said, "we just want the guns back". "Although general practice has had a significant addition to their workload because of the ongoing measles outbreak in Canterbury, they should always be your first point of call for non-urgent care - call your normal GP team's number 24/7 and after hours a nurse will advise you what to do and where to go", he said.

"The prime minister is incredible", she said.

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"We have been to see her today [Thursday] and apologized", he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the deadly mosque shootings in Christchurch had plunged the country into one of its "darkest days".

"Every semiautomatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned", Arden said at a news conference.

Law Prof Warren Brookbanks, from Auckland University, said there was no risk the accused could be released. There is also a restrictive system of licensing and ownership controls.

New Zealand has a lot of guns.

New Zealand, a country of less than 5 million people, has an estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million firearms, around 13,500 of them MSSA type weapons.

In 2017, it had the 17th highest rate of civilian firearm ownership in the world, with 26.3 guns per 100 residents, according to the Small Arms Survey. In a phone conversation with Trump, Ardern recalled, "He asked what offer of support the United States could provide".

"Police have been working relentlessly, doing everything in our power to gather all appropriate evidence from what are active crime scenes so we can allow people to return to the mosques as quickly as possible", a police spokesman said, referring to Al Noor and a second mosque in Christchurch attacked by the gunman.

"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 have spoken to many farmers who feel the same way.

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