New Zealand: MPs back gun ban in wake of Christchurch shootings

Members of New Zealand's parliament voted to change the country's gun laws on Wednesday in Wellington, in a move spurred by the Christchurch mosque shootings which saw 50 people killed in March. «New Zealand stands apart in its widespread availability of weapons of such destructive nature and force. The military style semi-automatic weapons are available or have been available in this country to... Еще that degree. Assault rifles have been available to that degree, and today, Mr Speaker, that anomaly ends,» said New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ahern. Lawmakers voted 119-1 to ban all military style assault rifles as well as most semiautomatic weapons. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the Australian accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, was charged with 50 charges of murder and 39 charges of attempted murder on Friday. The Christchurch shootings, which took place on March 15, are the worst mass shooting in the modern history of New Zealand.

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