New Zealand bans military-style semi-automatic weapons

Written By Daniel Hager

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Thursday march 21 2019. Six days after the Friday attacks that the country’s gun laws would change.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Stated her country has mad an attempt several times to ban semi-automatic weapons. the last time being in 2017.

The gunman, Australian Brent Tarrant, 28, used two legally purchased semi-automatic rifles in the attack on two mosques.Two hours prior to the attacks Tarrant sent out a “manifesto” to media outlets declaring his intentions and why he was doing it. Why those particular media outlets viewed the document but and to report the crime before it happened is up for investigation.

Branton Tarrant

Tarrant was arrested while on the way to a third destination. He has been charged with one count of murder, but more charges are expected to follow.

Branton Tarrants face is being blurred across the television media and across social media. As not to create a “Martyr”.

The prime minister also stated “I absolutely believe there will be a common view amongst New Zealanders. those who use guns for legitimate purposes and those who have never touched one. Ardern said, the mass availability of such weapons has been an issue “And today, that will stop.”

Along with many firearms. High-capacity ammunition magazines and parts that can convert a firearm into a semi-automatic weapon or create semi-automatic fire will be banned.

The prime minister continued;”In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country,”

New legislation is being written and the Pm expects the law to be enacted by April 11

To block gun owners from selling their automatic weapons before this law takes affect.An order in council took effect, Stating that only individuals with an particular license, can purchase these weapons.

Ardern said,”I can assure people there is no point in applying for such a permit,”
For owners that already have these weapons, there will be tighter regulations.

Of the owners that want to rid themselves of automatic weapons. New Zealand is offering a “buyback” program which incentivices the public to give them up. You know.. instead of just taking them like they really want to do.Read the next paragraph

Those who possess these weapons will face fines up to $2,840 and three years in prison, adding that these penalties will be increased.Basically if you don’t give them up we will force you to give them up….babababingo…..Over stepping govt

While also stating “This is just the beginning of the work we need to do” Meaning they aren’t stopping there and its going to get worse, for you, the gun owners.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that the police will be working closely with the public to ensure those who possess now-banned firearms can hand them over to authorities safely.Whats that mean? I have no idea. What authority will the police be given when it comes to locating those types of weapons? increased random searches? No search warrant required? Will simply wanting to know if you have that type of weapon be probable cause for a search?

He Also stated that New Zealand police will do “everything they can” to get those weapons away from the public.

There are at least 250,000 weapons owners in New Zealand.

“Those who do not comply during the amnesty period will be prosecuted.” Americans is this what your worried about?

So what does this mean for the U.S?

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