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New Zealand Bans Types Of Semi-Automatic Weapons

New Zealand Bans Types Of Semi-Automatic Weapons

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced that the government was immediately banning sales of what New Zealand calls military style semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines like the weapons used in last Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques.

Meanwhile, PM Arden said that New Zealand was in shock and informed Imran Khan of immediate actions taken after the attack including the banning of all military style semi and automatic guns and assault riffles.

The country will also ban assault rifles, high capacity magazines, and certain modification parts, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

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She says the cabinet is also working on a gun buyback program to be announced later.

"My expectation is that these weapons will now be returned to your suppliers and never enter into the New Zealand market again".

The alleged gunman appeared in court last week where he faced one charge of murder, for a woman whose name was suppressed. "My expectation is that the law will be in place by the end of the next two weeks' sitting sessions, which is by the end of April", she said.

"We are confident as a government that the vast majority of New Zealanders will support this change".

Salvesen said he admired Ardern's response since the tragedy.

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Police Commissioner Mike Bush said authorities have formally identified and released the remains of 21 victims.

"The people injured in the mosque attacks are still our priority for specialist care, which for some includes follow-up surgery and although we are closer to being able to resume our planned surgery schedule we will still need to postpone some surgeries for the remainder of this week to free up theatre space and surgical teams".

New Zealand police have admitted a mistake meant they charged the man arrested over the Christchurch mosque shootings with killing someone who is still alive.

The country's gun laws have been in the spotlight since white supremacist gunman Brenton Tarrant shot dead 50 people in New Zealand's worst ever terror attack.

Police told media charge sheet details would be amended at the accused's next appearance on April 5. It quoted Detective Superintendent Chris Page as saying the error did not affect the validity or legality of the prosecution.

One of New Zealand's largest gun retailers, Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, said it supports "any government measure to permanently ban such weapons".

A mass burial is expected to be held on Friday.

Fouda said he has been discussing plans for the prayer with city officials and lawmakers and expects it will take place in Hagley Park, a city landmark across from the Al-Noor mosque, where at least 42 people were killed.

Hundreds of mourners, including non-Muslims and many schoolchildren, wept and embraced as they said goodbye to 14-year-old Sayyad Milne and 24-year-old Tariq Omar.