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

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern | REUTERS

5 Bangladeshis among 50 people were killed in terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said military style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned under stronger new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country’s worst mass shooting.

The move came on Thursday, six days after the horrific terrorist attacks in two mosques in Christchurch.

Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.

“Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand,” Ardern said.

“Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.”

Five Bangladeshis among 50 people were killed in terror attacks on two mosques during Jummah prayers in Christchurch on March 15.

 

Source: Dhaka Tribune.

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