New Zealand bans all weapons after mosque shootings

Amman, New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced on Thursday an immediate ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons, after the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 worshippers.

Ardern said that the new law is expected to be in place by April 11 and a buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.

“Six days after the attack, military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles would be banned under stronger new gun laws,” she added.

New Zealand Police Commissioner, Mike Bush, said authorities have formally identified and released the remains of 21 victims so as to be buried.

Relatives of the victims were frustrated by the postponement of their burial, which usually takes place within 24 hours according to Islamic tradition.

Source: Jordan News Agency