New Zealand MPs overwhelmingly back post-Christchurch gun ban

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand MPs vote to change gun laws

Christchurch shootings: New Zealand MPs vote to change gun laws

Ardern, who has won worldwide praise for her compassion and leadership since the shootings, was able to win rare bi-partisan support for a bill that makes it illegal to own a military-style semi-automatic rifle.

Senior Sergeant Paddy Hannon with guns that will be made illegal with the implementation of the firearms laws.

He said he wanted to emphasise that the amnesty provisions in the new laws protected licence holders who had good intent. "We are here for them".

Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement details what police know of the gun buy back scheme.

The government initially estimated the buyback would cost up to NZ$200 million ($135 million) however as New Zealand does not require the vast majority of individual firearms to be registered, the exact number of banned weapons is unknown.

"We are ultimately here because 50 people died and they do not have a voice".

Police had been having "frank" discussions with the community, but the public had also demonstrated an "understanding and a commitment to work together", Mr Mr Clement said. Collection would likely involve officers coming to owners who register with the process online. "We in this house are their voice", Ardern said on the floor of Parliament.

He said police continued to process firearm licence applications, and there had been no internal changes to prospective licence holders were considered to date.

He acknowledged the gun owners who would be affected by the change in law but told Parliament it had to balance the competing rights of citizens.

Police Minister Stuart Nash told RNZ's Morning Report programme today the law change was game-changing.

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Independent advisors would develop the price list for approval by Cabinet and a separate expert panel of advisors would be established to determine fair compensation for high value firearms.

Speaking in Parliament, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recounted the moment she found out numerous weapons used in the incident - New Zealand's worst-ever terror attack - were legally bought and sold.

"In every case they spoke of multiple injuries, multiple debilitating injuries that deemed it impossible for them to recover in days, let alone weeks".

The gun reform bill passed 119-1 after the final reading in parliament.

A policewoman stands guard outside the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the scenes of the country's worst ever terrorist attack, on March 21.

Existing gun laws had provided for a standard A-category gun license covering semi-automatics limited to seven shots.

According to the text of the legislation, the bill "seeks to remove semi-automatic firearms from circulation and New Zealand".

Excluded are semi-automatic rimfire rifles at.22 or smaller calibres which holds no more than 10 rounds, and semi-automatic shotguns with non-detachable magazines that hold no more than five rounds.

"There will be very few exceptions to this - only collectors, dealers, and people who undertake wild animal pest control will be able to apply for exemptions".

Police's message to anyone attending Anzac services remains one of vigilance - if you see anything suspicious then call police on 111.

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