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New Zealand Bans Assault Rifles in Wake of Deadly Attacks

  • Ardern announces weapons buyback after 50 killed in massacre
  • Ban is immediate to prevent stockpiling of semi-automatics
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New Zealand will ban military style semi-automatics and assault rifles in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack.(Source: TicToc)
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New Zealand has banned military style semi-automatics and assault rifles and will establish a nationwide buyback of the weapons in the wake of a terrorist attack on two mosques that left 50 people dead.

The ban takes immediate effect to prevent stockpiling of firearms while the legislation is being drafted, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters on Thursday. Further changes in gun laws to tighten licensing and increase controls over ammunition will be made in coming months.