New Zealand banning semi-automatic, assault rifles after mosque shootings

New Zealand's government has agreed to reform the country's gun laws in the wake of massacres at two mosques.
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New Zealand's government has agreed to reform the country's gun laws in the wake of massacres at two mosques. Credit Hagen Hopkins Getty Images

The pair had fled to New Zealand seeking sanctuary from the Syrian maelstrom but died in last Friday's hail of bullets, a bitter irony that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called "gutting".

After the attack was over, someone picked up the phone, the line still open, and told Salwa her son was dead.

Speaking of the Mustafa family, Ardern said: "I can not tell you how gutting it is to know that a family came here for safety and for refuge, and they should have been safe here".

Meanwhile, preparations were underway for a massive Friday prayer service to be led by the imam of one of the two New Zealand mosques where worshippers were killed. He was hugged by many mourners.

Separately, the body of Pakistani Syed Jahandad Ali, originally from Lahore, was handed over to his family earlier in the day, while some of the other bodies are set to be returned to the bereaved relatives soon.

The accused gunman, a self-avowed white supremacist from Australia, live streamed much of the attack and spread a manifesto on social media claiming it was a strike against Muslim "invaders". Mourners prayed before hoisting the two victims above their heads and carrying them to their graves. So far 21 victims have been formally identified by coroners. "We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place", Ardern said.

"While identification may seem straightforward, the reality is much more complex, particularly in a situation like this". "So this is a very comprehensive process that must be completed to the highest standard".

The announcement comes after New Zealand's cabinet said on Monday that it agreed "in principle" to reform gun laws.

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Asked by a student how she felt, Ardern replied simply: "I am sad".

Speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Ardern said the 28-year-old gunman would face the full force of the law, but anonymously. My expectation is that these weapons will now be returned to your suppliers and never enter into the New Zealand market again, " she said. He is a criminal. Some of the victims may be repatriated overseas by their relatives. "They're testing our patience right now", Safi said.

The family had been living in Jordan and had hoped to join members of the ethnic Circassian community in the United States but were thwarted by President Trump's restrictions on travel from Muslim-majority countries, according to local reports.

In a press release, the New Zealand government said the ban means an estimated 13,500 weapons legally owned yesterday will be illegal tomorrow.

Gun owners have been advised to fill out buyback forms online before handing their firearms over to police, at which point they will receive a fair market rate for the weapons.

"Semi-automatic.22 calibre rimfire firearms with a magazine which holds no more than ten rounds".

"We are prepared to examine any and every measure that will be effective in reducing the incidents of gun violence in this country".

Ardern, who has vowed to tighten New Zealand's lax gun ownership laws, said Wednesday the horrific events in Christchurch showed the need for a global approach to confront the dangers posed by extremists' use of social media.

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