New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

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New Zealand officials move to ban military-style guns after mosque shootings

March 21, 2019 - 11:03 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (1010 WINS) -- Military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines could be banned in New Zealand.

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement Thursday, in the wake of mass shootings at two mosques that left 50 dead in Christchurch.

The cabinet made the decision 72 hours after the shooting, CNN reports.

"Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned," Ardern said.

The law will be voted on by parliament in the first week of April. Lawmakers will have to amend the Arms Act of 1983.

Some weapons are now being reclassified as military-style, as well, meaning guns owned by many people will no longer be allowed under existing license conditions. Gun drops will be set up at police stations.

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