New Zealand's Prime Minister Bans 'Military Style' Weapons, Orders Mandatory Buybacks

Clay Curtis
March 21, 2019

Newman sparked outrage this week when he tweeted in response to Ardern's explanation of her refusal to mention the "terrorist" who carried out the attack's name.

Now, less than a week later, the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden banned all military-style semi-automatic weapons.

"On 15 March our history changed forever". The Guardian says the New Zealand government believes around 13,500 of those weapons fall into the "banned" categories.

New Zealand's prime minister, 38, nursing her broken country, blinked rapidly before recovering.

"We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semiautomatic, or any other type of firearm, into a military-style semi-automatic weapon", the prime minister said. The prime minister of New Zealand put on a hijab, said 'They are us, ' announced the gun laws we're going to change and called out white supremacists, haters and Donald Trump.

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In a Thursday morning tweet, Sanders said the United States should emulate the recent actions of New Zealand, where this week's mosque shootings that massacred 50 people have prompted the government to toughen already strict gun laws in the country.

Ardern announced the plan at a press conference, according to the Washington Times, adding that she believes they are solving the problem of mass shootings by banning weapons like the one used to kill 50 people and wound at least 50 more at two mosques in Christchurch last week.

Australia banned semi-automatic weapons and launched a gun buy-back after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were gunned down.

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