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Late last night New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on "military style" semi-automatic rifles in the country.
"Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles. We will also ban all high capacity magazines," she said. "We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military style semi-automatic weapon."
Firearms - Style - Firearms - Difference
Semi-automatic firearms and "military style" semi-automatic firearms function the same. The only difference between them is purely aesthetic.
According to Ardern, "military style" is defined by the following:
Types - Firearms - Style - Semi-Automatics - MSSAs
Two types of firearms are now defined as Military Style Semi-Automatics (MSSAs):
The new bans are effective immediately, although they will go through parliament for a vote.
Ardern - Sellers - Sales - Weapons - Shops
Ardern said sellers should halt the sales of the banned weapons immediately and warned shops to return their stockpiles to suppliers.
Residents caught with the banned guns will face the...
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