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New Zealand adopts gun reforms

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/21/19, 10:42 am

New Zealand on Thursday outlawed “military-grade” semi-automatic weapons after 50 people died in two shootings at mosques in Christchurch on Friday. The restrictions also cover high-capacity magazines and accessories such as pistol grips, folding or telescopic butts, and flash suppressors. A sales ban takes effect immediately to prevent people from stockpiling the weapons, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, and a complete ban will follow. The law will allow ownership of semi-automatic, .22-caliber or smaller guns that hold up to 10 rounds or semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns with nondetachable magazines that hold up to five rounds.

“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack last Friday will be banned,” Ardern said. The government is expected to finalize the new laws by April 11. They will also include a buyback plan that could cost up to $138 million. New Zealand has about 250,000 registered firearms holders, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. The government asked all those who owned the restricted weapons to report them in the next two days before turning them in.

Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, is in custody and charged with murder in the shootings.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • Big Jim
    Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 03:36 pm

    "New Zealand has about 250,000 registered firearms holders ... "

    “Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack last Friday will be banned,” Ardern said.

    And this is exactly why in the US the Leftists want mandatory registration with governmental authorities ... so they'll know where to go once they achieve their dream of legislative confiscation.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 05:04 pm

    I understand the impulse to do what New Zealand authorities are doing—someone who does not like guns is particularly scared by the appearance of military look-alike semi-automatic firearms.  

    But bans, and confiscating citizens’ legally-owned property, should be based on facts, not on feelings like fear. Facts are, in the US, that less than 1% of murders are committed with this type of firearm (FBI crime statistics).  Researchers have been unable to discern any decrease in gun crime during the 10 years the Clinton “Assault Weapons Ban” was in effect. (1994-2004)

    Functionally, military-look-alike firearms are no different from conventional-appearing wood-stocked hunting semi-automatic firearms that have been in wide use for around a century.  Plus, any bans/confiscation will effect vast numbers of law-abiding citizens, while criminals will simply not comply. 

    Meanwhile, in an extremely large percentage of cases in which criminals attempt to buy guns from dealers, or of convicted felons possessing firearms, federal prosecutors declined to bring these charges against the perpetrators. Why?  Who knows, but these are missed opportunities to remove known bad guys from the streets. Add to that the failures of law-enforcement agencies to pass along info on people who should legally be barred from owning firearms, as in the case of the Florida high school killer and the Texas church killer.  This is not voluntary, it is mandatory that certain types of convictions and actions be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System  (NICS)  Yet I know of no law enforcement agency that has been charged for failure to do this.  

    Despite all that, firearms opponents advocate taking away firearms, “because it’s worth it if even one life is saved.”  Ironically, these are often the same folks who want to give sanctuary to illegals, even those who are convicted of crimes!  Watch the case of the illegal Salvadoran who recently murdered 4 elderly Nevada citizens. The liberals will be pleading for mercy for him, even while they demand firearms be taken from law-abiding people. 

    It’s enough to make me mad!

  • Leeper
    Posted: Thu, 03/21/2019 09:02 pm

    So sad to see a misguided knee jerk reaction by politicians in New Zealand. It will do nothing to prevent future crimes. 

  • Xion's picture
    Posted: Fri, 03/22/2019 01:18 am

    In this incident, a legal gun owner was responsible for chasing away the terrorist and saving lives.  So the immediate liberal response it to make it harder for law abiding citizens to protect themselves and make terrorism much easier for those who disregard the law.