After mosque attacks, New Zealand quickly bans assault weapons

After mosque attacks, New Zealand quickly bans assault weapons

During the phone call, the prime minister appreciated the quick response of local New Zealand authorities and the high level of respect shown by Prime Minister Ardern for Muslims.

All the weapons used in the attacks last Friday will be outlawed by the ban, which is expected to be in place by April 11 but effectively begins immediately.

"We will also ban all assault rifles", Ardern said, while announcing interim measures that will stop a rush of purchases before legislation is enacted.

The gun prohibition includes semi-automatic guns or shotguns that can be used with a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds.

Page said the police error won't affect the legality of Tarrant's prosecution. "I feel incredibly confident of that", she said. Most people in the country don't have a license for that class of firearm.

Security firm Transguard said the worker had made "inflammatory comments" on his personal Facebook account after the attack.

Ms Ardern has announced that national TV and radio would broadcast the Muslim call to prayer live on Friday.

As for assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons already in circulation, Ardern announced a gun buyback program that resembles the plan Australia implemented following the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.

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The comments apparently linked the New Zealand attacks, which left 50 people dead, to the suicide bomb attack on a CRPF bus in Pulwama, which killed over 40 jawans, in February.

"We've targeted here the guns that are actually doing the harm in our community and we saw that on Friday", Ardern said.

"All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday 15 March will be banned".

During Friday prayers last week, Mr Fouda had just finished the khutbah, a sermon delivered in Arabic, and was translating it into English when the gunman burst into the mosque and began shooting worshippers.

She also said she and the Cabinet would work through legal exemptions to the ban, such as for farmers needing to cull their herds but said any exemptions would be "tightly regulated".

He says mosque workers have been feverishly working to fix the destruction from the attack. Ardern said the buyback scheme could cost between $100 million to $200 million.

Pupils wept and embraced as they said goodbye to 14-year-old Sayyad Milne and 24-year-old Tariq Omar.

"For other dealers, sales should essentially now cease".

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