Published: Пт, Апреля 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

New Zealand introduces new gun laws, to launch gun buyback program

New Zealand introduces new gun laws, to launch gun buyback program

Now it must receive royal assent from the Governor General before it can officially become law. Multiple debilitating injuries that deemed it impossible for them to recover in days, let alone weeks.

"They will carry disabilities for a lifetime, and that's before you consider the psychological impact".

"I like to think the vast majority of Kiwis are good law-abiding citizens and both the prime minister and myself have made this very clear that we're not penalising these gun owners, but we have changed the law and as a effect of that they are now holding something which is illegal".

Ardern said the police commissioner Mike Bush had told her shortly after the attack that the gunman had obtained his arms legally.

Authorities have charged Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, with 50 counts of murder following the attacks.

"[The police commissioner] described to me the nature of the weapons that had been used in this terror attack".

The laws are created to ban the circulation of almost all semi-automatic guns, high capacity magazines, tools that can convert magazine sizes and some shotgun variants. The sole holdout against the legislation was the ACT Party, which has a single seat in the 120 seat parliament.

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Citizens in possession of banned guns will be granted a six-month buyback period, after which they will be subject to five years in prison if they remain in possession of prohibited weapons. Exemptions allow heirloom weapons held by collectors or weapons used for professional pest control.

National's Andrew Bailey said the bill was a moment for Parliament to act in unity and he hoped it would send the right message to the families of the 50 victims.

She told them that by voting near-unanimously in favour of the bill they were doing the right thing for the victims of the 15 March massacre. We in this House are their voice. "We in this House are their voice, and today Mr Speaker, we have used that voice wisely", Ms Ardern said.

The attack began at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 pm, and continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre at about 1.55pm, with the gunman live streaming the first killings on Facebook. More than 300 weapons had already been handed in, police minister Stuart Nash told parliament.

The prime minister has called the Christchurch attacker a terrorist and said she will not utter his name. "We are here as an nearly entirely united Parliament".

"There have been very few occasions when I have seen parliament come together in this way, and I can't imagine circumstances when it is more necessary", Ardern said in presenting the legislation.

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