New Zealand Plans to Ban "Military-Style" Automatic Guns After Mosque Attacks

March 21, 2019

On Thursday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that the country plans to ban "military-style" semi-automatic guns or shotguns and high-capacity magazines. Sales of this equipment were halted immediately, while a total ban will be enacted via legislation. The restrictions come in the wake of the deadly attacks on two Christchurch mosques that killed 50. “Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned,” Ardern said. However, New Zealand will not ban firearms used by farmers and hunters, such as semi-automatic .22 caliber guns or those with capacities up to 10 rounds, and weapons used by police and military officers are not subject to the ban. Local gun retailer Hunting & Fishing New Zealand came out in support of the proposed changes. “While we have sold them in the past to a small number of customers, last week’s events have forced a reconsideration that has led us to believe such weapons of war have no place in our business—or our country,” chief executive Darren Jacobs said in a statement.