Published On: Fri, Mar 22nd, 2019
Published in Category: International

New Zealand bans automatic rifles

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The announcement of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to immediate ban on the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatics has been widely welcomed by the masses in New Zealand in general and in Muslim countries in particular

The step has been quickly taken in a muscular response to the Christchrch terror attack that killed 50 people.

Let us quote the New Zealand premier announcement which went viral throughout the world. She boldly said,  “Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles,” Ardern said, while announcing interim measures that will stop a rush of purchases before legislation is enacted.

As the News Zealand premier has very rightly said that the effect of this will mean that no one will be able to buy these weapons without a permit to procure from the police. It is clear that there is no point in applying for such a permit as the New Zealand premier stated in the announcement.

The high capacity magazines and devices similar to bump stocks which make rifles fire faster — will also be banned. With this decision every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country.

A buyback scheme that will cost between Nz$100 million and $200 million (between US$69 million and $139 million), depending on the number of weapons received. Anyone who keeps the guns after an amnesty period will face fines of up to $4,000 and three years’ in jail. Ardern very boldly brushed aside suggestions of opposition to the ban. It is hoped that the vast majority of New Zealanders will support this change.

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