Six days after the Christchurch attack, Jacinda Ardern has announced changes to NZ's gun laws.

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With AAP. 

On Thursday afternoon, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand will urgently ban military-style semi-automatic rifles, with the government announcing a buyback after a shooting at two mosques killed 50 people.

“We will also ban all assault rifles,” she said, “and all high capacity magazines”.

“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.

“We will ban parts that allow a firearm to generate semi-automatic or automatic or close to automatic gunfire.

“In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country.”


An amnesty would be put in place for the weapons to be handed in, with a buyback scheme to be announced soon, with an estimated cost of $100 million to $200 million.

The government has also immediately implemented a stop-over measure that will keep the weapons from being sold and stockpiled until the new laws can be implemented, Ardern said.

In the wake of New Zealand’s deadliest mass shooting on Friday, Ardern’s response has been praised globally.

In the hours after the attack, she quickly called it  an act of terrorism – a label the media often reserves for Muslim perpetrators of violence.

Then, she vowed to make swift changes to gun laws.

The Prime Minister has also announced that as a nation, New Zealand will be covering the funeral costs of the 50 victims. The families of the victims will also be provided with financial assistance moving forward.

Then, on Monday, Ardern became the first person to sign a national condolence book for victims of the attack in parliament.

There’s been no fear mongering or mud-slinging.

Only compassion, courage and bold decision-making.