Published: Thu, March 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

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

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

In this March 20, 2019, photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a press conference following the March 15 mosque shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand. More than six years later, they still haven't materialized.

Ardern said it would be followed by a complete ban on the weapons after new laws are rushed through.

The ban includes any semi-automatic guns or shotguns that are capable of being used with a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds.

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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The buyback would cost up to NZ$200 million ($138 million), she said.

Supporters note that New Zealand's parliament stands foursquare behind her, with even the major opposition party in favor of the ban, but it's hard politically for the opposition to get crosswise with a country's leader after a major terror attack. It also extends to accessories used to convert guns into what the government called "military-style" weapons. Parliament must discuss the measure, but Ardern's people expect the ban to pass easily.

American politicians, regardless of their sworn commitment to uphold the full Constitution of the United States, marveled at Ardern's authoritarinism.

Here's a look at some of the new laws enacted after USA mass shootings, and how long each took. Both Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) lavished praise on Ardern on social media, impressed with her ability to take action against guns so swiftly and deciseively. "This is what leadership looks like", she added.

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