WELLINGTON – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday morning local time that semi-automatic and assault weapons will be banned and that the government would utilize a buy-back program for the illegal guns.
After a mass shooting in Christchurch that resulted in the deaths of 50 people on Mar. 15, Ardern promised that there would be gun reform laws in place within 10 days. The prime minister said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11.
The ban will include high-capacity magazines, plus parts that turns guns into military-style weapons
As of 3 p.m. local time, all weapons that will be banned will need a “category E” licence from New Zealand police. For owners who already have these weapons, they will be tightly regulated and for others, they will now be out of circulation.
After a reasonable period for returns, those who continue to possess these guns will be in contravention of the law — the fine would be $4,000 to three years in prison.
On the buy-back program, the prime minister said estimates say that the government could spend between $100 and $200 million dollars, adding that it is “the price that we must pay for the safety of our communities”.
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