NZ to ban semi-auto firearms effective immediately

The government has announced: quote:

Military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned under stronger new gun laws announced today.

Jacinda Ardern has just revealed the changes in a press conference.

The country’s rules around guns have been in the spotlight since last Friday’s mosque shootings in Christchurch.

Attorney-General David Parker said over the weekend that semi-automatic guns would be banned and 70,000 people have signed a petition against these types of weapons.

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The Police have information on the immediate effect of the law changes: quote

As of 3pm 21 March 2019 changes have been made by an Order in Council to ensure the immediate safety and peace of mind of New Zealand communities.

The Order in Council [Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms) Order 2019] will bring two additional groups of semi-automatic firearms within the definition of a Military Style Semi-automatic (MSSA) firearm:

– a semi-automatic firearm that is capable of being used in combination with a detachable magazine (other than one designed to hold 0.22-inch or less rimfire cartridges) that is capable of holding more than 5 cartridges; and

– a semi-automatic firearm that is a shotgun and is capable of being used in combination with a detachable magazine that is capable of holding more than 5 cartridges.

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It looks like all Kiwi hunters owe Police Minister Stuart Nash a beer. These changes seem pretty sensible.

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