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NZ bans semi-automatic and assault rifles after mass shooting

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 21, 2019 11:41

NZ bans semi-automatic and assault rifles after mass shooting

New Zealand will ban military style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country’s worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.Ardern said she expects the new laws to be in place by April 11 and a buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.A lone gunman armed with semi-automatic rifles including an AR-15, last Friday killed 50 people in two mosque attacks in Christchurch.

The minimum legal age to own a gun in New Zealand is currently 16, or 18 for military-style semi-automatic weapons (MSSA). 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.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor March 21, 2019 11:41