New Zealand Votes To Ban Semi-automatic Weapons Less Than A Month After Mosque Attack
New Zealand’s Members of Parliament have voted unanimously (119 to 1) in favor of a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons. Earlier today, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden made a submission to the Parliament saying “We are ultimately here because 50 people died, and they do not have a voice. We in this house are their voice, and today, we have used that voice wisely.”
The bill will now be forwarded to the country’s governor-general to be granted assent. It is reported that, it could come to force as law as soon as Friday.
This comes in response to a mass shooting incident that occurred on March 15, killing 50 people at two separate mosques in Christchurch.
The accused, due to reappear in court on June 14 after a mental health assessment, has been formally charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 attempted murder counts.