Thursday, 18 April, 2019

Hollywood Cheers New Zealand Gun Ban Following Christchurch Shooting

Sam Newman doubles down on criticism of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Aussie media personality slammed for mocking NZ PM’s accent
Jeannette Daniel | 21 March, 2019, 23:54

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the sales ban, effective immediately, would include "every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack last Friday".

New Zealand's Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, announced late Wednesday that the government has banned the sale of "military-style semi-automatic rifles" and is in the process of ordering a "mandatory buyback" of weapons now in the possession of New Zealanders.

"On 15 March our history changed forever".

Ardern said it would be followed by a complete ban on the weapons after new laws are rushed through.

"We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semiautomatic, or any other type of firearm, into a military-style semi-automatic weapon", the prime minister said.

Controversial AFL personality Sam Newman has defiantly refused to apologise for an insensitive tweet in which he criticised the "grating" accent of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

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She said people could hand over their guns under an amnesty while officials develop a formal buyback scheme, which could cost up to 200 million New Zealand dollars. "We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place".

Under existing New Zealand gun laws, a standard A-category gun license allows semi-automatics limited to seven shots.

Bernie Sanders is urging the Trump administration to take some "real action to stop gun violence" and ban assault weapons.

Democrat congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, highlighted in a tweet that the Sandy Hook massacre, where 20 children were shot dead, occurred six years ago and not even that tragedy could convince the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks. "This is what leadership looks like".

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