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PM statement on Christchurch mosques terror attack - 21 March

Terrorism Counter-terrorism Gun control Firearms Gun crimes Gun buyback schemes New Zealand

This speech announces the New Zealand Government's new firearm policy to ban all military style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, high capacity magazines and parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military style semi-automatic weapon. 

"On 15 March the nation witnessed a terrorist attack that demonstrated the weakness of New Zealand's gun laws.

New Zealand's regulation of arms primarily dates back to 1983. Sadly since that time the most substantive changes to our laws came following the Aramoana shootings.

Those changes however did not go far enough. Successive attempts have been made and failed to change our laws since then.

Those attempts were in 1999, 2005, 2012, and more recently through a select committee inquiry in early 2017. And still none of the changes that have been made in the past dealt with one of the most glaring issues we have that sets New Zealand apart from many other nations. The availability of military style semi-automatic weapons...."

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