By Gage Simpson
Owner of New Frontier News
(NEW FRONTIER NEWS) – New Zealand Attorney-General David Parker announced on Thursday that semi-automatic weapons would be banned and that individuals with those types of weapons should voluntarily hand them over to police.
The new law comes only a week after a man shot and killed over 50 people and injured 50 more in a shooting at a Mosque in Christchurch.
Under the new law, conversion kits to turn weapons into semi-automatic weapons would be banned along with all high-capacity magazines.
A buyback scheme would be in place during an amnesty period for those who do surrender their weapons to police.
Semi-automatic weapons, specifically .22 caliber rifles and shotguns would be duck hunting would be legal to own with limited magazine capacity.
Police, pest control, and guns used in shooting competitions would also be exempted under the new law.
The government expects the buyback of weapons to cost taxpayers around 100 to 200 million dollars.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the ban should go into full effect on April 11th if passed by Parliament.
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