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

Reuters

Posted at Mar 21 2019 11:56 AM

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A police officer is pictured outside Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2019. Jorge Silva, Reuters

WELLINGTON - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that 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.

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, 6 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," she said.

At least 49 people were killed last week after a gunman wielding high-caliber firearms stormed two mosques in the city of Christchurch.