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New Zealand bans semi-automatic and assault rifles after mass shooting

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.

New Zealand bans semi-automatic and assault rifles after mass shooting
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Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned under stronger new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country`s worst mass shooting.

Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.

"Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military-style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand," Ardern said.

“Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines."