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New Zealand will ban military-style semiautomatics used in mass shooting

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Published on March 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:44s

New Zealand will ban military-style semiautomatics used in mass shooting

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she expects the ban will be in place by April 11, and a weapon buyback could cost up to NZ$200 million ($138 million).

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New Zealand will ban military-style semiautomatics used in mass shooting

(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) 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 11th, and a 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." The buyback would cost up to NZ$200 million ($138 million), she said.

New Zealand, a country of less than 5 million people, has an estimated 1.2-1.5 million firearms, around 13,500 of them MSSA type weapons.

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